Reducing stroke-related disability in the South West

Providing thrombolysis within 90 minutes from the onset of stroke gives patients a better chance of recovering with minimal disability, meaning a better quality of life for the patient and reduced burden on the health and care system.

The South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) sponsored and collaborated on a one-year project with the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC) and the South West Cardiovascular Strategic Clinical Network (SW CV SCN), to reduce stroke-related disability in the South West by accelerating the real-world implementation of clinical evidence for thrombolysis after acute ischaemic stroke.

Project activity involved a computer simulation of the emergency stroke pathway and the development of bespoke implementation plans to increase uptake of thrombolysis for acute ischaemic stroke.

The project identified that centres with historically low and slow rates of thrombolysis are in fact capable of delivering treatment at rates in excess of large urban hyperacute units.

Analysis identified critical factors in thrombolysis processes and practice which could increase both the proportion of patients receiving treatment and the speed with which treatment is delivered.

The full report can be found here.