Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Another tool for important tasks

I have a hammer. I also have an air compressor and a few nail guns.

So, which tool should I use to hang a picture on a wall?

On the other hand, I once had the need to place a piece of cedar siding around 24 feet above the ground. One hand held the siding, but using a hammer is a two-handed operation. Now which tool should I use?

So I see the importance of health professionals with more tools to do the important work of treating stroke patients. Check out the story on the FDA approving a clot-picker use with tPA:
Two Trevo clot retrieval devices were approved Friday by the FDA for use in conjunction with tPA thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke patients.
Use of the devices in this setting must begin within 6 hours of symptom onset and should follow tPA administration, the agency said.
"This is the first time FDA has allowed the use of these devices alongside tPA, which has the potential to help further reduce the devastating disabilities associated with strokes compared to the use of tPA alone," said Carlos Peña, PhD, director of the division of neurological and physical medicine devices at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in a statement. "Now health care providers and their patients have another tool for treating stroke and potentially preventing long-term disability."
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