Stroke patients admitted to hospital faster in 2022

The Irish National Audit of Stroke (INAS) National Report 2022 found that almost one-in-four stroke patients were inadequately prescribed blood thinners, had paused their medication, or regularly forgot to take it. The report also revealed that 18% of stroke patients had atrial fibrillation before their stroke, and 10% were diagnosed after. Only 69% of patients were admitted to a stroke unit, below the target of 90%. However, the time between stroke symptoms and hospital arrival decreased by 28 minutes. The report also showed an increase in stroke admissions and a decrease in in-hospital mortality rate. INAS Clinical Lead Prof Joseph Harbison praised the improvements in stroke care and emphasized the importance of early intervention.

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