Blog | Thursday, February 19, 2009

Stroke news of the obvious

And in our special conference issue of Stroke News of the Obvious...a study out of UNC that finds it takes longer to care for stroke patients in emergency departments that are overcrowded than those that are not. Specifically, it takes longer to triage the patients to ED rooms, physician assessment and hospital beds. "ED clinicians may need to attend to methods of increasing the efficiency of personnel and care processing during periods of overcrowding," the study authors smartly concluded.

Separately, stroke survivors are more likely to fall if they have impaired mobility, have a history of falling, and are still experiencing pain and injury from a previous fall...versus people who can get around just fine, haven't ever fallen, and are feeling healthy to boot. Also, older stroke survivors are more likely to fall than younger ones.

And finally, stroke patients who have heart failure are more likely to die in the hospital than stroke patients without heart failure. (I'm going to go out on a limb and say that adding a serious condition to anyone's health profile is, most likely, going to put her at a disadvantage vs. someone without that extra condition.) Stroke + heart failure patients also stayed in the hospital longer and required more intensive care than those with stroke alone.