Detecting in-hospital stroke: Assessment of results from a training programme for medical personnel

A. Rodríguez Campello, E. Cuadrado Godia, E. Giralt Steinhauer, E. Rodríguez Fernández, A. Domínguez, G. Romeral, E. Muñoz, J. Roquer

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Abstract

© 2014 Sociedad Española de Neurología. Introduction: In-hospital stroke (IHS) is a frequent event, but its care priority level is not well established in many hospitals. IHS care at our centre has been redefined by implementing a training programme for medical personnel not usually involved in stroke management, in order to optimise IHS detection and treatment. This study evaluates results from the training programme. Methods: Prospective longitudinal intervention study. Neurologists experienced in vascular diseases developed a training programme for medical personnel. We recorded incidence, epidemiological data, reason for hospitalisation, department, aetiology, severity (NIHSS), time from symptom onset to neurological assessment, use of endovascular thrombolysis, exclusion criteria for untreated patients, and 90-day outcome (mortality/disability) in 2 patient groups: patients experiencing IHS in the 6 months before (PRE) and the 6 months after the training programme (POST). Results: Sixty patients were included (19 PRE, 41 POST) with a mean age of 75.3 ± 12.5; 41% were male. There were no differences between groups regarding assessment time, treatment administered, or morbidity/mortality. Overall, 68.3% of the patients were assessed in < 4.5. hours; however, only 6 patients (10%) were able to undergo endovascular therapy. This situation was mainly due to pre-existing disability (26%) and comorbidity (13%). Conclusions: More IHS code activations were recorded after the training programme. However, that increase was not accompanied by a higher percentage of treated patients or improvements in patient prognosis during the study period, and these findings could probably be explained by the high rates of pre-existing disability and comorbidity in this series.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-535
JournalNeurologia
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • In-hospital stroke
  • Stroke code
  • Training programme

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