Stroke: Magnesium Sulfate Fails Prehospital Trial
Feb 05, 2015 | ARTICLES > Gale Scott
Cross magnesium sulfate off the list of potential treatments to prevent post-stroke brain damage.
Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Jeffrey Saver, MD and colleagues reported on FASTMAG, a test in which paramedic ambulance crews administered magnesium sulfate to apparent stroke patients at the site of the 911 call. The treatment was shown to be safe, with no difference in mortality between the treatment group and patients who got a placebo. But there was no significant shift in 90-day disability outcomes.