A large scale study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA-June19), confirms that the earlier stroke victims are treated with tPA, the better the outcome.
The study involves approximately 60,000 patients and finds that the earlier that the stroke busting medication, tPA, tissue plasminogen activator is administered to a patient, the chance for death is dramatically reduced and long term disability is drastically reduced.
The researchers urge that tPA be given to stroke victims within one hour of arriving at a hospital to greatly increase the chances for a better outcome. In Europe, the new target is less than 40 minutes.
There is a well-known saying, “Time is brain”. Unfortunately in our law practice we have reviewed many cases where patients suffering from a stroke were not administered tPA in a timely fashion causing unnecessary disability. Every minute counts and when hospitals and emergency department physicians fail to act in accordance with current guidelines, a medical malpractice case needs to be explored.