A stroke is the loss of brain function due to a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. Blood flow to the brain can be disturbed by a lack of flow or a haemorrhage, the result is a reduction in brain function. The physical signs of a stroke can include an inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, failure to understand or formulate speech, or a vision impairment.
Risk factors for stroke include age, high blood pressure, previously suffering a stroke, diabetes, high cholesterol and tobacco smoking. High blood pressure is the most important modifiable risk factor of stroke.
A stroke is a medical emergency and can cause permanent damage or death. Advancing Quality measures the prompt response in treating your stroke and that your treatment is carried out in a specialist environment, ideally in a stroke unit and involving health professions such as speech and language therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy.
Stroke was retired from the Advancing Quality programme in March 2015. The performance of all hospitals is shown below, you can also view the performance of individual hospital provider trusts.
Advancing Quality developed seven measures that, when applied at the appropriate time, could greatly increase the outcomes for patients. Advancing Quality used these measures to monitor the quality of care given to patients across the North West with the aim of improving standards and reducing variation in care. The measures were developed through research, clinical input and within clinical guidelines.
A stroke unit will be staffed with a multi-disciplinary team with specialist knowledge.
Scanning the brain allows doctors to see vital information about your stroke. Scans such as MRI or CT scans are commonly used.
Blood thinning medication, such as aspirin, reduce the risk of clotting and makes it easier for blood to get to your brain (improves the circulation of blood)
Your stroke may have impacted your ability to eat so weight should be monitored closely. Also having an accurate weight recorded means correct doses of drugs can be given.
A physiotherapy assessment will check your movements after a stroke.
An occupational therapy assessment will check your ability to perform day to day activities.