The Quality of Stroke Care in Canada

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 3:26pm

The Canadian Stroke Network has just released The Quality of Stroke Care in Canada.  This release is timely, especially given that June is Stroke Awareness Month. The report includes the national stroke audit data (inpatient stroke admissions in 2008-09 for hospitals that admitted more than 20 strokes in that year) with some inter-provincial comparisons.

Key points from the provincial comparison tables, relating Nova Scotia to the other provinces or the national average include:

  • More Nova Scotia patients receive a scan of the brain within 24 hours than the national average.
  • More Nova Scotia patients are admitted to a stroke unit than the national average.
  • More Nova Scotia patients are discharged home and slightly fewer to long-term care than the national average; however, fewer Nova Scotia patients are discharged to rehabilitation.
  • The rate of administration of clot-dissolving drugs for ischemic strokes in Nova Scotia is consistent with the national average.
  • Nova Scotiahas the second highest rate of current and lifelong smokers in our admitted stroke population.
  • The rate of hypertension among admitted stroke patients is slightly higher than the national average, with two thirds of Nova Scotia stroke patients also having a diagnosis of hypertension.

A preliminary look shows improvements since the last stroke audit, which is great news, given the large provincial focus on stroke care over the past several years.

If you would like further information about the report, please contact:  capitalhealth.districtstrokeprogram@cdha.nshealth.ca.

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