Clot retrieval and acute stroke care

Kathleen L Bagot, Dominique A Cadilhac and Chris Bladin
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00515
Published online: 16 October 2017

While highlighting the benefits of endovascular clot retrieval (ECR), Hwang and Gawarikar1 identified Victoria as establishing the first statewide 24/7 ECR service in Australia. We agree with the authors’ caution against focusing on a singular therapy for a few patients at the cost of delivering basic, high quality stroke care to all. As they note in the article, offering ECR requires capacity to appropriately assess patients with advanced imaging and to treat or transfer patients if ECR is indicated.1

  • 1 Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Eastern Health, Melbourne

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