The Dutch Acute Stroke Audit: Benchmarking acute stroke care in the Netherlands

Laurien S. Kuhrij, Michel W. JM Wouters, Renske M. van den Berg-Vos, Frank-Erik de Leeuw, Paul J. Nederkoorn

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Abstract

Introduction: In the nationwide Dutch Acute Stroke Audit (DASA), consecutive patients with acute ischaemic stroke (AIS) and intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) are prospectively registered. Acute stroke care is a rapidly evolving field in which intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) and intra-arterial thrombectomy (IAT) play a crucial role in increasing odds of favourable outcome. The DASA can be used to assess the variation in care between hospitals and develop ‘best practice’ in acute stroke care. Patients and methods: We describe the initiation and design of the DASA as well as the results from 2015 and 2016. Results: In 2015 and 2016, 55,854 patients with AIS and 7727 patients with ICH were registered in the DASA. Treatment with IVT was administered to 10,637 patients (with an increase of 1.3% in 2016) and 1740 patients underwent IAT (with an increase of 1% in 2016). Median door-to-needle time for IVT and median door-to-groin time for IAT have decreased from 27 to 25 min and 66 to 64 min, respectively. Mortality during admission was 4.9% in patients with AIS, whereas 26% of patients with ICH died. Modified Rankin Scale score at three months was registered in 49% of AIS patients and 45% of ICH patients. Discussion: During the nationwide DASA, time to treatment is reduced for IVT as well as IAT. With the rapidly evolving treatment of acute stroke care, the DASA can be used to monitor the quality provided on patient- and hospital level. Conclusion: Increasing completeness of registration of the outcome, in combination with adjustment for patient-related factors, is necessary to define and further improve the quality of the acute stroke care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-368
JournalEuropean Stroke Journal
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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