A landmark clinical research study that is improving outcomes for stroke patients across the globe has won gold in the 2015 Victorian Public HealthCare Awards.
EXTEND-IA, a study led by The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Dr Bruce Campbell and Prof Peter Mitchell, looked at the effectiveness of adding a minimally invasive clot removal procedure called stent thrombectomy to standard clot-dissolving therapy. This project won the 'Improving healthcare through clinical research' category of the awards.
The study showed a dramatic improvement in restoring blood flow back to the brain, which is critical in the recovery of stroke. The outcomes of the study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March and has changed stroke treatment across the globe.
The Royal Melbourne treats approximately 500 ischemic stroke patients a year and is one of the few stroke centres in the world to treat patients within 20 minutes of arriving in the emergency department.
The Victorian Public Healthcare Awards were announced on Wednesday 18 November.
For further information about the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards 2015 go to www.health.vic.gov.au/healthcareawards