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Acute stroke clinical care standard indicators: 2a-Transport to a hospital able to provide thrombolysis

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termIndicator 2a-Transport to a hospital able to provide thrombolysis
METeOR identifier:Help on this term627683
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Candidate 14/03/2017
Description:Help on this term

Proportion of patients with a final diagnosis of acute stroke who were transported by ambulance to a hospital able to provide thrombolysis.

Rationale:Help on this term

Access to thrombolysis remains low in Australia, though some Australian centres have achieved thrombolysis rates of 20% (NSF 2013). Access to timely thrombolysis is a validated predictor of ischaemic stroke patient outcome, shown to reduce length of acute stay and potentially reduce in-hospital mortality (Hamidon & Dewey 2007).

Indicator set:Help on this termClinical care standard indicators: acute stroke Health, Candidate 14/03/2017
Outcome area:Help on this termTime-critical therapy Health, Candidate 04/04/2017

Collection and usage attributes

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The reference population for this indicator could be the ambulance service or local hospital network (LHN). The choice of reference population depends on the service that is generating the indicators for local review (i.e. ambulance or health service), and the structure of ambulance services (i.e. whether they map to LHNs).

Both the numerator and the denominator include patients with a final diagnosis of acute stroke. The final diagnosis is made at the hospital where the patient is admitted for the acute phase of management of their stroke.

Both the numerator and denominator exclude:

  • Patients who are elective admissions.
  • Patients who have a stroke in the hospital.
  • Patients for whom it is not possible to administer thrombolysis within 4.5 hours of symptom onset.

Presented as a percentage.

Computation:Help on this term

(Numerator ÷ denominator) x 100

Numerator:Help on this term

Number of patients with a final diagnosis of acute stroke who were transported by ambulance to a hospital able to provide thrombolysis.

Denominator:Help on this term

Number of patients with a final diagnosis of acute stroke.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termService event
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Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Reference documents:Help on this term

Hamidon BB & Dewey HM 2007. Impact of acute stroke team emergency calls on in-hospital delays in acute stroke care. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 14(9):831–834

NSF (National Stroke Foundation) 2013. National stroke audit: acute services clinical audit report. Melbourne: NSF

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