National Institute of Clinical Studies has developed a set of evidence-based resources to improve the care of acute stroke patients in emergency departments.
Stroke is Australia’s second single greatest killer after coronary heart disease and is a leading cause of disability.
The project used the National Stroke Foundation’s (NSF) Clinical Guidelines for Acute Stroke Management (2007), available from the NSF website, as the evidence-base for the resources. In addition to the NSF guidelines, another nine relevant, evidence-based guidelines were used to develop the ‘guideline summaries’ that are included in the resource (see Appendix B below).
Given the ED setting and the varied requirements of acute stroke management, a care bundle approach was selected to prioritise the core relevant NSF recommendations for implementation.