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Table 1 Stroke unit definition from Acute Stroke Services Framework

From: Hospitals admitting at least 100 patients with stroke a year should have a stroke unit: a case study from Australia

  All hospitals Large hospitals (100+ patients/year)
Does your hospital have a specialized stroke unit?a Yes
N = 74
n (%)
No
N = 114
n (%)
Yes
N = 65
n (%)
No
N = 16
n (%)
Minimum criteria
1. Co-located beds within a geographically defined unit. 72 (97) 13 (11) 64 (98) 3 (19)
2. Dedicated, interprofessional team with members who have a special interest in stroke and/or rehabilitation. The minimum team would consist of medical, nursing and allied health (including OT, PT, SP, SW & DT) 69 (93) 27 (24) 61 (94) 9 (56)
3. Interprofessional team meets at least once per week to discuss patient care. 72 (97) 69 (61) 64 (99) 15 (94)
4. Regular programs of staff education and training relating to stroke, (e.g., dedicated stroke inservice program and/or access to annual national or regional stroke conference) 70 (95) 35 (31) 61 (94) 7 (44)
Hospitals meets all minimum criteria listed above (1–4) 66 (89) 3 (3) 59 (91) 2 (13)
  1. OT Occupational therapist, PT physiotherapist, SP Speech pathologist, SW Social worker, DT Dietician
  2. aself-reported from the acute services organizational survey [19] Source: adapted from Stroke Foundation, Acute Service Framework [9]