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Title: Vital sign monitoring following stroke associated with 90-day independence: A secondary analysis of the QASC cluster randomized trial.
Austin Authors: Middleton, Sandy;McElduff, Patrick;Drury, Peta;D'Este, Catherine;Cadilhac, Dominique A;Dale, Simeon;Grimshaw, Jeremy M;Ward, Jeanette;Quinn, Clare;Cheung, N Wah;Levi, Chris
Affiliation: Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research & Enterprise (SPHERE), Conjoint Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Australia
Public Health, Stroke Division, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Translational Public Health Division, Stroke and Ageing Research, Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences Monash Health, Monash University, Clayton, 3168, Australia
Speech Pathology Department, Prince of Wales Hospital, High St, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia
Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology Research, Westmead Hospital and University of Sydney, Westmead, NSW, 2145, Australia
Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent's Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University, Executive Suite, Level 5 DeLacy Building, St Vincent's Hospital, Victoria Road, Darlinghurst, 2010, NSW, Australia
School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan, Newcastle, NSW, 2300, Australia
Australian Catholic University, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Australia
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), Research School of Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON, K1H 8M5, Canada
Nulungu Research Institute, University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome, Western Australia, Australia
Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Health Research Institute, Ottawa Hospital - General Campus, Centre for Practice-Changing Research (CPCR), 501 Smyth Road, Room 1286, Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L6, Canada
Issue Date: 27-Sep-2018
Date: 2018-09-27
Publication information: International journal of nursing studies 2018; 89: 72-79
Abstract: The Quality in Acute Stroke Care Trial implemented nurse-initiated protocols to manage fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing (Fever, Sugar, Swallow clinical protocols) achieving a 16% absolute improvement in death and dependency 90-day post-stroke. To examine associations between 90-day death and dependency, and monitoring and treatment processes of in-hospital nursing stroke care targeted in the trial. Secondary data analysis from a single-blind cluster randomised control trial. 19 acute stroke units in New South Wales, Australia. English-speakers ≥18 years with ischaemic stroke or intracerebral haemorrhage arriving at participating stroke units <48 h of stroke onset, excluding those for palliation and without a telephone. Data from patients in the 10 intervention hospitals and the nine control hospitals in the QASC trial post-intervention cohort, who had both hospital process of care data and 90-day outcome data were included. Associations between independence at 90-day (modified Rankin Score ≤1) and processes of care for fever, hyperglycaemia, and dysphagia screening were examined using multiple logistic regression adjusting for treatment group, sex, age group, premorbid modified Rankin scale, marital status, education, stroke severity and correlation within hospitals. Of 1126 patients in the post-intervention cohort (intervention or control), 970 had both in-hospital processes of care data and 90-day outcome data. Patients had significantly lower odds of 90-day independence if, within the first 72 h of stroke unit admission, they had one or more: febrile event (≥37.5 °C) (OR 0.47; 95%CI:0.35-0.61; P < 0.0001), higher mean temperature (OR:0.25; 95%CI:0.14-0.45; P < 0.0001), finger-prick blood glucose reading ≥11 mmol/L (OR:0.61; 95%CI:0.47-0.79; P = 0.0002), higher mean blood glucose (OR 0.89; 95%CI:0.84-0.95; P = 0.0006), or failed the swallowing screen (OR 0.35; 95%CI:0.22-0.56; P < 0.0001). Patients had greater odds of independence when: venous blood glucose was taken on admission to hospital or within 2 h of stroke unit admission (OR 1.4; 95%CI:1.01-1.83; P = 0.04); finger-prick blood glucose was measured within 72 h of stroke unit admission (OR 1.3; 95%CI:1.02-1.55; P = 0.03); or when swallowing screening or assessment was performed within 24 h of stroke unit admission (OR 1.8; 95%CI:1.29-2.55; P = 0.0006). We have provided robust evidence of the importance of monitoring patients' temperature, blood glucose and swallowing status to improve 90-day stroke outcomes. Routine nursing care can result in significant reduction in death and dependency post-stroke.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.09.014
ORCID: 0000-0001-8162-682X
Journal: International journal of nursing studies
PubMed URL: 30342326
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Care bundle
Nursing care
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