The Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard aims to ensure that a patient with suspected stroke receives optimal treatment during the acute phase of care, starting from the onset of symptoms. This includes recognition of a stroke, rapid assessment, early treatment and early initiation of an individualised rehabilitation plan.

Scope

The Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard provides advice to clinicians, consumers and health services on key components of care including:

  • Recognising stroke
  • Timely provision of time critical therapies (reperfusion)
  • Care in a stroke unit
  • Early commencement of rehabilitation
  • Minimising risk of another stroke
  • Provision of carer training and support
  • Individualised care plan.

Consultation

The Commission undertook a public consultation on the draft Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard and related documentation from 31 March 2014 to 23 May 2014. Over two hundred submissions were received from organisations and consumer groups. Meetings with key stakeholders and clinical networks also took place.

Topic Working Group

A Topic Working Group made up of individuals with expertise in the management of stroke, experience in the Australian healthcare system, as well as representatives of major consumer organisations, was convened to provide clinical advice, expertise and input into this work.

All members of the Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard Topic Working Group were required to disclose financial, personal and professional interests that could, or could be perceived to, influence a decision made, or advice given to the Commission. Disclosures were updated prior to each meeting and managed in line with the Commission’s Policy on Disclosure of Interests.

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