Middleton, S. (2012). An outcomes approach to stroke care: The importance of teamwork and evidence-based nursing care. International Journal of Stroke,7(3), 224-226. Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-4949.2012.00774.x
The Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) was a cluster randomised control trial (CRCT) which evaluated the effectiveness of evidence-based clinical treatment protocols for the management of fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing, in conjunction with multidisciplinary team building workshops, and a standardised interactive staff education program (collectively known as the Fever, Sugar, Swallowing (FeSS) intervention) to improve patient outcomes 90-days. We found that patients cared for in stroke units who received our intervention were 15.7% more likely to be alive and independent 90 days following their stroke. They also had significantly: fewer episodes of fever, lower mean temperatures, lower mean blood glucose levels, and better screening for swallowing difficulties.
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