Simple stroke care improvements can dramatically reduce disability and death

November 26, 2014

Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw
is part of an international team that recently received a prestigious award for developing an evidence-based training program that reduced disability and death from stroke by a “remarkable” 16% and reduced hospital stays by two days. The program involves relatively simple interventions for improving the management of fever, blood sugar and swallowing difficulties in acute stroke patients. Dr. Grimshaw helped design and implement this study while in Australia on sabbatical. The results, originally published in The Lancet in 2011, led to the successful implementation of the program across New South Wales. This program was recently awarded the 2014 New South Wales Premier’s Public Sector Award for Improving Performance and Accountability.

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