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Table 2 Resources and protocols to support evidence-based care and patient processes of care by number of annual stroke admissions

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

Annual stroke admissions <50 50–99 100–199 ≥200
Organizational survey (N = 188) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
 Number of hospitals participated N = 81 N = 26 N = 34 N = 47
 Median (Q1, Q3) patient admissions with stroke 12 (5,25) 67 (53,80) 142 (115,164) 326 (250,465)
 Number of self-reported stroke units 2 (3) 7 (27) 20 (59) 45 (96)
 Ambulance arrangements 32 (40) 7 (27) 11 (32) 28 (60)
 ED protocols for rapid triage 41 (51) 16 (62) 23 (68) 41 (87)
 Access on site MRI 25 (31) 14 (54) 30 (88) 47 (100)
 Offering thrombolysis 8 (10) 5 (19) 14 (41) 41 (87)
 Assessments rehabilitation 36 (44) 18 (69) 24 (71) 39 (83)
 Education – staff stroke 22 (27) 15 (58) 24 (71) 44 (94)
Clinical audit (N = 108)a
 Number of patient records audited N = 196 N = 454 N = 1,040 N = 1,858
 Number of stroke units (self-reported in organizational survey) 2 5 18 42
 Treated in a stroke unit: n (%) 15 (8) 78 (17) 504 (49) 1,477 (80)
  1. Q1 25th percentile, Q3 75th percentile, ED Emergency Department, MRI magnetic resonance imaging
  2. athese hospitals contributed clinical audit data in addition to organizational survey responses