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Contemporary stroke care delivered in a specialised stroke bay, a neurology ward and a medical ward in Greece

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Dimitrios Theofanidis, Antigoni Fountouki, Christos Savopoulos, Apostolos Hatzitolios, Xenofon Fitsioris, Jiobst Rudolf
Dimitrios Theofanidis, Antigoni Fountouki, Christos Savopoulos, Apostolos Hatzitolios, Xenofon Fitsioris, Jiobst Rudolf


Introduction: Currently in Greece there are only two ‘stroke bays’ (SBs) and their efficacy compared to standard ward treatment has not been evaluated.

Aim: To provide baseline data on stroke case-mix and compare death rates in two Greek hospitals (A+B, i.e. with & without a SB).

Material and Methods: One hundrend sixty four acute stroke patients from two hospitals were consecutively selected in order to explore approaches to stroke care in three different types of care delivery settings. A descriptive design with group comparisons was employedand data gathering included patient case mix, age and length of stay (LOS), neurological status and death rates. Kaplan-Meier curves we reused for survival analysis and independent samples t test and Z test for group comparisons at p<0.05.

Results: Of the 164 patients, 88 (44.4%, female) werein hospital A and 76 (42.1%, female) in hospital B. The mean age was 65.7 and 69.1 years respectively, LOS was 7.6 (3-18) and 7.3 days (1-26), while death rate was 6.8% and 10.5% respectively.

Discussion: Survival analysis for the two hospitalsshowed that there are no statistically significant differences regarding death and survival rates between the two hospitals, even when one had a SB. Yet, the SB shows a statistically significant reduction in overall LOS.

Conclusions: In societies where stroke units are not yet established, a SB might be an economical way of making use of (limited) available resources and raising nursing and medical standards of care by motivating the full potential of staff involved.


Stroke unit; efficacy; efficiency; outcomes

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