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Stroke patient treatment protocols 'lower death rates'

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Guidelines targeting fever, hyperglycaemia, and swallowing management in stroke patients improve outcomes, according to a study published online in The Lancet.

Australian nurse researchers trialed an intervention in 19 stroke units, with patients at half undergoing temperature monitoring every four hours and receiving regular blood glucose checks and appropriate infusion.

Nurses also underwent training in swallowing.

Death rates were 16% less for patients at the intervention units.

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  • Pleased to say nurses in our Trust have been doing this for years, at least on the Stroke Units, and nurses have been trained in swallowing assessment since 1994.

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