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Identifying errors and safety considerations in patients undergoing thrombolysis for acute ischemic stroke.

Dancsecs KA, Nestor M, Bailey A, et al. Am J Emerg Med. 2021;47:90-94.

Alteplase and other thrombolytics are high-alert medications. This study compared error rates of alteplase administration in patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke at either a regional hospital or a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) and found that community hospitals had over a 10 times greater number of errors leading to hemorrhage. The study recommend to put safeguards in place to decrease the risk of alteplase medication administration errors.