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Date: 23 September 2014

Time: 05:17

Stroke quality indicator

Percentage of patients who die within 30 days following a stroke

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a condition where the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted usually by a blood clot although more rarely by bleeding into the brain. For more stroke information see the links below.

How is the Trust doing?

Graph displaying the percentage of patients who die within 30 days following a stroke

Rolling year to date (August 2013 – July 2014) 9.8%

Please note the graph and table above currently only display the financial year to date, as the data is drawn from a new data source meaning the full 12 and 24 month data is not yet available.

Lower percentage indicates better performance.

In-hospital mortality (death) following a new stroke event is generally quoted as being around 20%. The Trust is performing well against this indicator, particularly as we take more complex stroke patients from across the region.

Why is this indicator important?

In-hospital mortality following a stroke remains significant. Survival can be seen as a marker for overall quality of care and treatment, although this is affected by a number of different factors including the type of patients being treated (case mix), and the severity of their stroke.

How do we measure this indicator?

The indicator is measured as a percentage of all patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of stroke (new stroke event) who die while an inpatient at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). Strokes as a result of a bleed (haemorrhagic) or clot (ischaemic) are both included. Patients with a stroke as a result of traumatic injury or another medical diagnosis are excluded.

Where does the data come from?

The data for this indicator is compiled from the Trust’s patient administration system called Lorenzo and the national system (Spine) which records deaths both inside and outside hospital.

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