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Stroke kills, government ignores : Comments

By National Stroke Foundation Authors, published 21/11/2013

In the critical early stages of a stroke, the right treatment decisions can mean the difference between walking out of the hospital and being disabled for life.

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A fairly involved article, probably pitched at parts of Government that fund health.

I'm aware that medical funding involves many trade-offs including chances of success-survival.

I'm wondering whether cancer or heart attack is the No.1 cause of death?

The key para in the article seems to be:

"Improving access to stroke units will reduce the number of deaths and disabilities. When you get best practice care in a stroke unit you are more likely to go home alive. You are more likely to go home independent. You are less likely to need nursing home care. The National Stroke Foundation Acute Services Clinical Audit found that in 2011 only seven percent of stroke patients eligible for thrombolysis received it. The treatment is known to improve the outcomes after stroke by 30 percent. But then the same report found that only one in three stroke patients arrived at hospital within the window of time necessary to administer the drug which indicates what we know greater public awareness is needed."

Posted by plantagenet, Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:28:30 AM
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