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A survey of U.K. paramedics' views about their stroke training, current practice and the identification of stoke mimics

from British Paramedic Journal

Paramedics play a crucial role in identifying patients with suspected stroke and transporting them to appropriate acute care. Between 25 per cent and 50 per cent of suspected stroke patients are later diagnosed with a condition other than stroke known as a 'stroke mimic.' If stroke mimics could be identified in the pre-hospital setting, unnecessary admissions to stroke units could potentially be avoided. This survey describes U.K. paramedics' stroke training and practice, their knowledge about stroke mimic conditions and their thoughts about pre-hospital identification of these patients. more

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