Stroke Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 9 Issue 4

May 14, 2017

Stroke patients denied ward places due to shortage of beds at Nuneaton hospital

May 14, 2017

SourceNuneaton News

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Date of publication: 13th April 2017

Publication type: News

In a nutshell:

A lack of beds has led to stroke victims being unable to get onto the specialist ward at Nuneaton’s hospital. There were three unidentified patients who needed access to the stroke unit but had to be treated in A&E department instead.

Length of publication: online article


Integrated oral health care for stroke patients – a scoping review

May 14, 2017

SourceJournal of clinical nursing

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a Nutshell:

Stroke has disabling oral health effects, such as dysphagia and hindered brushing due to upper limb hemiparesis. Together, these can increase bacterial load, increasing risk of pneumonia. In general management of stroke, nurses play a key role in early identification, assessment and referral, while occupational therapists, dieticians and speech pathologists are important in rehabilitation. While this should logically apply to the oral care of stroke patients, there is currently limited information, especially in Australia.

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Stroke recovery: THIS surprising activity can boost brain health after dangerous episode

May 14, 2017

SourceThe Daily Express

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Date of publication: 14th April 2017

Publication type: News

In a Nutshell:

Exercise that gets the heart pumping can ‘significantly’ boost brain function after a stroke, according to new research. The benefits of physical activity in stroke survivors has been discussed in detail, with many suggesting it makes the difference between independence and dependence.

Length of publication: online article


Shared decision-making in stroke: an evolving approach to improved patient care

May 14, 2017

SourceStroke and Vascular Neurology

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Date of publication: 16th April 2017

Publication type: Research paper

In a Nutshell:

Shared decision-making (SDM) is an increasingly referenced and lauded approach to medical decision-making in Western countries, and its use is also spreading to other contexts including China and Malaysia. SDM is a partnership between patients (and families, where appropriate) and clinicians that considers patients’ values and preferences alongside medical evidence to make the best decisions for a given patient in a specific scenario.

Length of publication: online article

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Mum had a stroke aged just 28

May 14, 2017

SourceLancashire Evening Post

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Date of publication: 17th April 2017

Publication type: News

In a Nutshell:

A mum who suffered a stroke, believed to have been linked to the contraceptive pill, is warning other women to be aware of the potential risks. Natalie Trickett, now 32, of Claughton-on-Brock, near Garstang, was fit and active when she suddenly collapsed one morning and went on to lose the feeling on the right side of her face and lost her eyesight.
Length of publication: online article


Diet fizzy drinks linked to dementia and stroke

May 14, 2017

SourceThe Telegraph

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Date of publication: 20th April 2017

Publication type: News

In a Nutshell:

Consuming diet fizzy drinks every day almost triples the risk of developing dementia, a major new study suggests. People who regularly drank artificially sweetened beverages are also more likely to suffer a stroke, but the full-fat equivalent is not associated with a greater risk of either condition.

Length of publication: online article