A 36 year old man began to suffer garbled speech, vomiting, and left-sided weakness. His wife, who was a nurse, recognized the symptoms as a potential stroke and called an ambulance.
The man was taken to the nearest emergency department. He was examined and a Code Stroke was
called. A CT/CTA was done, and was reported as normal. The physician in the emergency room called for consultation with an international radiologist and a neurologist (members of the Stroke Team). They decided not to give the patient tPA (the “clot-busting” drug). The neurologist did not come to examine the man within the 4.5 hour window for administration of the drug. [Read more…]