Journal article

Five years of acute stroke unit care: Comparing ASU and non-ASU admissions and allied health involvement

IJ Hubbard, M Evans, S McMullen-Roach, J Marquez, MW Parsons

Stroke Research and Treatment | Published : 2014

Abstract

Background.Evidence indicates that Stroke Units decrease mortality and morbidity. An Acute Stroke Unit (ASU) provides specialised, hyperacute care and thrombolysis. John Hunter Hospital, Australia, admits 500 stroke patients each year and has a 4-bed ASU.Aims.This study investigated hospital admissions over a 5-year period of all strokes patients and of all patients admitted to the 4-bed ASU and the involvement of allied health professionals.Methods.The study retrospectively audited 5-year data from all stroke patients admitted to John Hunter Hospital(n=2525)and from nonstroke patients admitted to the ASU(n=826). The study’s primary outcomes were admission rates, length of stay (days), and a..

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