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.

What this blog is for:

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.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Standing practice in rehabilitation early after stroke

A research study on standing in the UK. Join if you can.
http://www.isrctn.com/ISRCTN15412695?q=&filters=&sort=&offset=78&totalResults=15353&page=1&pageSize=100&searchType=basic-search
Condition category
Circulatory System
Date applied
04/07/2016
Date assigned
19/12/2016
Last edited
19/12/2016
Prospective/Retrospective
Prospectively registered
Overall trial status
Ongoing
Recruitment status
Recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
A stroke is a serious condition where the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off, usually by a blood clot blocking an artery (ischaemic stroke) or a bleed (haemorrhagic stroke). A large proportion of stroke victims suffer from long-term complications depending on the area of the brain that is affected, affecting their ability to speak, think and move. People with severe stroke experience significant muscle weakness which means that they spend much of their time in bed or sitting. This inactivity can cause their muscles to become even weaker and stiffer and may lead them to experience sudden drops in blood pressure when they move from lying to standing (orthostatic hypotension (OH). This further interferes with their ability to participate in intensive stroke rehabilitation, overall recovery and quality of life. Currently physiotherapy for people with severe stroke concentrates on practicing tasks such as getting in and out of bed into a chair that are important for independence and achieving safe discharge home. Standing up early after a stroke may help strengthen muscles, reduce OH and minimise or prevent muscles becoming stiff and weaker. A standing frame has the ability to assist people with severe stroke safely into a supported standing posture, however there are not given to patients when discharged and are not often used in stroke rehabilitation units. This study aims to assess whether it is possible for people with severe stroke to use a standing frame to practice functional movements such as standing and moving between sitting and standing during their hospital-based rehabilitation.

Who can participate?
Adults with severe stroke who are patients in participating Stroke Rehabilitation Units in Cornwall and Devon.

What does the study involve?
Participants are randomly allocated to one of two groups. Those in the first group take part in the functional standing frame programme. This involves a maximum of 30 minutes using the standing frame plus an additional 15 minutes to provide time for usual physiotherapy where participants may practise transfers, arm activities or activities chosen by participants or guided by physiotherapists. Participants will undertake the functional standing frame programme for ideally up to five days per week for a total of three weeks. Those in the second group practice routine physiotherapy stroke rehabilitation for 45 minutes per day (or as long as a tolerated) ideally up to five days per week for three weeks. Participants in both groups complete a range of assessments and questionnaires at the start of the study and then again after three, six and twelve months to assess their function and ability to undertake activities of daily living.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participants who use the standing frame may benefit from improvements to their symptoms and enhanced recovery. There are no notable risks involved with participating.

Where is the study run from?
1. Camborne Redruth Community Hospital (UK)
2. Bodmin Community Hospital (UK)
3. Skylark Ward, Stroke Rehabilitation Unit (UK)
4. Elizabeth Ward, Stroke Rehabilitation Unit (UK)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
April 2016 to March 2019

Who is funding the study?
National Institute for Health Research (UK)

Who is the main contact?
Miss Angie Logan
angie.logan@plymouth.ac.uk

Trial website

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