Navigation Links
Simple Procedural Improvements Can Improve Care Of Stroke Patients

According to a study published in the August issue of Neurology, using standardized forms at the time stroke patients are admitted to and discharged from the hospital can improve care of the stroke patients significantly.

Studies have shown that several treatments for stroke patients reduce// the amount of disability, complications and the risk of having another stroke. The treatments are for people with ischemic stroke. Despite this evidence and recommendations, these treatments are not used as often as they could be due to oversight or lack of awareness.

Care of stroke patients is complicated, and the evidence is growing rapidly. Researchers for the study from the University of California, San Francisco said that it’s difficult for busy clinicians to keep up with proven best practices, and things can fall through the cracks.

In an effort to increase the use of these treatments, six California hospitals in the study developed standardized forms for use when stroke patients were admitted to and discharged from the hospital. The forms included the recommended treatments. The treatments are: using a clot-busting treatment within three hours of the start of the stroke; preventive treatment for blood clots in the leg veins; drugs that prevent blood clots from forming within 48 hours of arrival at the hospital and at discharge; cholesterol-lowering drugs at discharge; and smoking cessation counseling.

If the treatment was not used, the forms included boxes to check for acceptable reasons for not using the treatment, such as not using a clot-busting drug for a patient who arrived at the hospital more than three hours after the first symptoms or not using cholesterol-lowering drugs for a patient who already had low cholesterol.

The treatment stroke patients received in the year after the new forms were implemented were compared to the treatment they received in the year before the forms were implemented. During that ti me, 413 patients were treated in the six hospitals.

Overall, patients were more likely to receive optimal treatment after the forms were implemented than before. Optimal treatment was defined as receiving all of the recommended treatments unless there was an appropriate reason not to receive a treatment.

Researchers said that the study shows that it is feasible to significantly improve stroke treatment. However, he noted that the researchers couldn’t be certain that use of the forms led to the improvement. All hospitals were aware that these measures were being monitored, and there were many discussions about the treatments, the researchers commented.

Source: Newswise
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Long-Term Survival can be Predicted by a Simple Lung Test
2. Simple Therapy
3. Simple Stroke Prevention is Best
4. Few Simple Steps to Lower The Incidence Of SIDS
5. A Simple Blood Test Can Predict Gum Disease
6. A Simple Exercise Can Uncover Undiagnosed Asthma
7. Simple Exercises Might Help Vertigo
8. Simple Steps To Help Fight Asthma
9. Simple Urine Test Can Help To Monitor Disfiguring Birthmarks
10. Revolutionary Simple Pregnancy Blood Test Can Save Both Mother And Child
11. Simplest therapeutic regimen found less effective against HIV
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Be Well Medical ... in the heart of Old Town at 108 South Columbus St, Suite 201, Alexandria, ... highest level of medical care in the convenience of their homes, offices or at ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Southborough, MA (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... avoid overpaying for IT services, what questions to ask your IT consultant before signing ... them access to your computer network. , “With companies relying heavily on e-mail and ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... practitioner, is known locally for a series of therapeutic sessions to help Los ... their characters and in their lives. The series, known as “Mindfulness for Actors ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... MetLoop CEO Jay Southerland announced ... at the International Roofing Expo in Orlando, Florida on February 17-19. , With ... weather technology in the hands of consumers, roofing contractors, manufacturers and distributors,” Southerland ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... TX (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... commencement of a master charity program created to assist the local community. Pledging ... with community leaders and nonprofit organizations in the area. Their goal is to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016  Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: ... on the development of a once-daily, oral therapy for ... Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Maya Halpern , has notified ... Chief Medical Officer and from its Board of Directors ... reaching retirement age. Allen Baharaff . Mr. ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... February 11, 2016 North America ... published by MarketsandMarkets, The global market is expected to reach USD ... at a CAGR of 10.2%. --> North America ... 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, The global market is expected to reach ... growing at a CAGR of 10.2%. --> According to ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... February 11, 2016 ... the "Molecular Diagnostics Reports Bundle" ... http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rp4pg8/molecular ) has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. --> ... announced the addition of the "Molecular ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: