Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

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Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Prescribing tool may help to reduce incidence of stroke - CARAT

Is your doctor using this or a gut feel?
A 102-year-old patient, lucid, intelligent and still with things to accomplish in life, underlined the value of hospital pharmacist Beata Bajorek's work in stroke prevention.
Associate Professor Bajorek had been paged to give her expert opinion on a recommendation the woman not be prescribed .
Without it, the patient was at high risk of stroke; with it, she was at of bleeding and other complications.
"She asked all the right questions and understood all my answers and all the risks. After I'd left the ward, my pager went off again and I was called back to answer more questions, but in the end the warfarin was prescribed and dispensed. I was satisfied she knew what she was doing," says Associate Professor Bajorek, of the Graduate School of Health at UTS.
Years later, the memory has stayed with A/Prof Bajorek as she continues her research on a web-based to help decide the best treatment for people with (AF) or .
The Computerised Antithrombotic Risk Assessment Tool, or CARAT, uses three measures to assess a patient's suitability for . Importantly, it takes age out of the equation.
Under old prescribing practices, in a time when the pharmaceutical options for AF came down to warfarin versus aspirin, the centenarian's age would have disqualified her from receiving warfarin. Warfarin is now one of a suite of anti-coagulant drugs while aspirin has been proved to be of no use in stroke prevention for people with AF.
"The older you are the more likely it is that you'll need anticoagulant therapy. But the older you are, the more difficult it is for you to use such medicines," she says.
"But just because you're old doesn't automatically mean you should never take warfarin."
The CARAT provides separate checklists for a person's likelihood of stroke; their risk of having a bleed, internally or externally; and a medication safety assessment, including a range of factors such as risk of a fall, cognitive impairment, drug interactions and kidney and liver function.
"The tool doesn't presume that warfarin or another anticoagulant is the ideal outcome. The aim is to work out who should be taking such medicines and who shouldn't be."
When the clinician has entered information for all three assessments, the CARAT will provide a recommendation on a person's eligibility for drug therapy and what dose they should take.
A/Prof Bajorek and her collaborators are now working with the second iteration of the tool, and have done a pilot trial at a Sydney hospital. Data from that trial showed that, after the application of the tool, two-thirds of patients were recommended a change to their therapy. That led to a significant increase in the number of patients prescribed anti-coagulants (89.2% of study patients).
The majority of health professionals who used CARAT version 2 believed it would help to improve medicine use and thereby help to reduce the incidence of stroke.
Next steps, pending funding, include a randomised controlled trial and an expansion of the tool to engage patients in the decision-making process.
A/Prof Bajorek says she foresees a day when specialist pharmacists and nurse practitioners as well as GPs would use the tool routinely in ongoing risk-benefit assessment for medication prescribing in .
Provided by: University of Technology, Sydney search and more info website

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