Ambulance magnesium treatment fails to improve stroke outcome
Giving intravenous magnesium to stroke patients soon after the start of symptoms, in an attempt to protect brain cells deprived of oxygen, failed to improve stroke-related disability 3 months later, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014. Investigators showed that paramedics can successfully deliver intravenous medications to most stroke patients within an hour after symptoms begin. This is the “golden hour” the time in which patients have the best chance to survive and avoid long-term neurological damage.
Post by: Wayne Young
Wayne Young is a 25 year licensed paramedic and level III paramedic instructor approved by th State of Georgia. He is also licensed as a P.O.S.T. Guest lecturer. He serves as our lead educator and team coordinator.