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National Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations for the Care of People with Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack

Creator:

Irish Heart Foundation

Subject Keywords: Stroke patients, Cause of death, Physical disability, Heart
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Conditions
Management
Stroke
Chronic Conditions
Type: Guideline
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

Stroke is the third most common cause of death and the most common cause of acquired major physical disability in Ireland. There is considerable evidence supporting the benefits of coordinated stroke care in reducing death and levels of disability for stroke survivors.

The recent Irish Heart Foundation National Audit of Stroke Care Report (April 2008) confirmed the impression of the professionals working in the field that stroke services in Ireland are so poorly organised that they are largely ineffective. Stroke units were virtually non-existent and under resourced, patients had limited access to acute rehabilitation while continuing care and long term recovery programmes were haphazardly organised. As a result many stroke survivors are left with avoidable and unduly prolonged disability. There is an urgent need to establish coordinated stroke services. This will require a reorganisation of the present uncoordinated structures, the provision of stroke networks and the adoption of treatment protocols and standards of stroke care which conform to international best practices and major investment in proper facilities.

These guidelines have been prepared by the Council on Stroke of the Irish Heart Foundation, the Council on Stroke was formed in 1997 and is composed of representatives of 15 medical and associated disciplines. The aim of these guidelines is to equip health professionals with the knowledge of what best stroke care should be and to evaluate their role in working together to improve outcomes for stroke patients and their families.

Date:

01/03/2010

Suggested citation:

Irish Heart Foundation. (2010) National Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations for the Care of People with Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/268385 [Accessed: 23rd August 2019].

  

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