Mortality Reduction for Fever, Hyperglycemia, and Swallowing Nurse-Initiated Stroke Intervention: QASC Trial (Quality in Acute Stroke Care) Follow-Up
Middleton, Sandy; Coughlan, Kelly; Mnatzaganian, George; Low Choy, Nancy L.; Dale, Simeon; Jammali-Blasi, Asmara; Levi, Christopher; Grimshaw, Jeremy M; Ward, Jeanette Elizabeth; Cadilhac, Dominique; McElDuff, Patrick; Hiller, J E; D'Este, Catherine
Background and Purpose - Implementation of nurse-initiated protocols to manage fever, hyperglycemia, and swallowing dysfunction decreased death and disability 90 days poststroke in the QASC trial (Quality in Acute Stroke Care) conducted in 19 Australian acute stroke units (2005-2010). We now examine long-term all-cause mortality. Methods - Mortality was ascertained using Australia's National Death Index. Cox proportional hazards regression compared time to death adjusting for correlation within...[Show more]
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