Just 2% of patients treated within 24-hour stroke target

Just one in 50 stroke patients receive surgery within the 24-hour target set by the government's national stroke strategy, an audit has found.

Stroke: fast referral is vital to boost patient outcomes (Photograph: SPL)
Stroke: fast referral is vital to boost patient outcomes (Photograph: SPL)

The Vascular Society and Royal College of Physicians assessed NHS carotid endarterectomies performed from October 2009 to September 2010.

Compared with previous years' audits, they found some evidence of improved performance against national standards.

In addition, information collection rates rose - 79 per cent of possible data was collected as part of the latest audit. However, some hospitals failed to provide any data and the audit found significant regional variations in care.

Only 40 per cent of patients received surgery within NICE's two-week time limit from symptom onset and just 2 per cent received surgery within the 24-hour target.

Consultant vascular surgeon Mr David Mitchell, who led the audit, said: 'Despite the good work by many clinicians, this study shows that we have a long way to go if we are to meet current NICE guidance of getting 100 per cent of patients who need surgery into the operating theatre within 14 days of symptoms.'

He added: 'Fast referral to TIA clinics where staff can identify those at high risk of stroke, begin treatment and rapidly refer to the nearest vascular surgery unit for surgery, is absolutely vital in preventing needless strokes and deaths.'

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

GMC tells BMA to name the doctors responsible for bullying and harassment

GMC tells BMA to name the doctors responsible for bullying and harassment

Senior BMA representatives could face investigation over harassment and bullying...

BMA sexism report backs overhaul to boost representation of women

BMA sexism report backs overhaul to boost representation of women

The BMA should use quotas and minimum thresholds for at least the next decade to...

Key recommendations from the BMA sexism investigation

Key recommendations from the BMA sexism investigation

A damning report into sexism at the BMA, conducted by top barrister Daphne Romney...

Medicines export ban widened as drug shortages continue

Medicines export ban widened as drug shortages continue

The government has added four medicines to the list of products wholesalers are banned...

Damning report on BMA sexism condemns 'failure of leadership'

Damning report on BMA sexism condemns 'failure of leadership'

Whistleblowers have spoken of feeling vindicated after a damning report condemned...

Flawed GP consultation data could distort access targets, BMA warns

Flawed GP consultation data could distort access targets, BMA warns

Flawed data on GP consultations could leave practices facing unfair access targets,...