Wednesday, February 9, 2011

International Stroke Conference 2011

The International Stroke Conference is on again this time in Los Angeles; (it's always in the US). We have briefly summarized a few of the presentations so far - it's worth checking out the excellent ISC Science News site. 

ER evaluation of TIA
Devin Brown
The ongoing unanswerable question is 'what is a TIA?' I love the link to this slide TIA is a mini stroke?  from a talk by Devin Brown on ER evaluation of TIA.  Dr Brown suggests in her slides that the AHA guidelines and an etiology hunt can find TIA, which will indicate a coming stroke. She warn that to miss TIA is to miss an opportunity window 

Drip and Ship Thrombolytic Therapy
Jennifer Cohn, MSN, CNRN, Indiana University Health Presentation slides
This presentation is to open discussion of the development of partnerships with emergent stroke ready hospitals.
What a great idea - I wonder how this would work, or if it could work in the developing world?

SWALLOW-3D, a Simple 2-minute Bedside Screening Test, Detects Dysphagia in Acute Stroke Patients With High Sensitivity When Validated Against Video-Fluoroscopy
Jeff Edmiaston, Washington University in St. Louis Presentation slides
Certainly an interesting presentation; however, some factors seem to missing which makes the study less than comprehensive; though a great possible screening tool - IJS looks forward to gathering further information on this study.

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