A limiting factor for thrombolysis in ischaemic stroke is delayed presentation to hospital. Prolonged A&E stay and delayed rehabilitation affects care. We evaluated the delay in presentation, A&E stay and rehabilitation delivery in 117 consecutive stroke patients. The mean presentation delay was 16.0±23.7 hours. A prior history of TIA or stroke, a reduced Glascow Coma Scale and larger strokes were associated with shorter delays to presentation. Longer delays occurred in patients living alone. The mean time spent in A&E was 11 hours, those with larger strokes spent shorter time. There were significant delays in referral to, and assessment by certain rehabilitation disciplines. Delayed presentation in stroke is a barrier to thrombolysis. Increasing public awareness may reduce this delay. In addition, prolonged A&E stay and delayed rehabilitation may adversely affect management, outcome and duration of hospital stay. Further study is required to investigate the reasons and possible solutions for such deficiencies.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Irish Medical Journal|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2003|
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