A protocol for acute stroke unit care during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Limited resources, manpower shortages, tight infection control, physical distancing regulations and stay-at-home policies, we are all adapting our systems to care for stroke patients during this challenging time. There are different phases in the care of stroke patients and these may overlap; hyperacute care often involving reperfusion treatments, acute stroke unit (ASU) management as an inpatient and subsequently rehabilitation focus in an inpatient or outpatient setting. There have been reports providing guidance and protocols for hyperacute reperfusion treatment provision such as the management of stroke activations, considerations for intravenous thrombolysis and endovascular clot retrieval.

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