Clot retrieval and acute stroke care

Yun Tae Hwang and Yash Gawarikar
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01262
Published online: 1 May 2017

Resource distribution in stroke care must be rational and evidence-based, not driven by media coverage

There has been a sudden upsurge of interest in the availability of endovascular clot retrieval (ECR) for stroke treatment (Box). Recent newspaper articles published in New South Wales1,2 highlight the potential benefits as well as the financial and logistical challenges of providing around the clock ECR services in a vast country like Australia.

  • 1 UCL Institute of Neurology, London, UK
  • 2 Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
  • 3 Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, Canberra, ACT

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