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Lay summary: Are stroke patients taking longer to get to hospital?

It is important that patients arrive at hospital as soon as possible after their stroke. The sooner patients arrive at hospital, the more likely they are to be eligible to receive specialist stroke treatments like blood-clot dissolving drugs, specialist surgery, or blood-pressure lowering treatments.

This study found that the median time taken from stroke symptoms starting to the patient arriving at the hospital has increased by 36 minutes over the past 5 years (from 150 minutes in 2014 to 186 minutes in 2018/19).

Furthermore, the percentage of patients who arrived at the hospital within 1.5 hours of their stroke has decreased over the past 5 years (from 33% of patients in 2014 to 22% in 2018). The percentage of patients who arrived at the hospital more than 4.5 hours after their stroke has increased (from 35% in 2014 to 41% in 2018).

This study shows a steady year-on-year increase in the time taken for patients to arrive in hospital after their stroke. This increase may be due to increasing pressure on ambulance services leading to delays in response times.

About the poster:
Poster title: 'Are patients with acute stroke taking longer to get to hospital in the UK? Data from the National Stroke Registry.'
Year published: 2020
Authors: Ellie McMullen, Kaili Stanley, Walter Muruet, Abdel Douiri, Ajay Bhalla, Charles Wolfe, Martin James.

View the full poster here.
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