College of Occupational Therapists: Key to New Guidelines on Stroke Treatment
Newly published guidelines on the treatment of Stroke feature major contributions by The College of Occupational Therapists. Professor Avril Drummond and Karen Clements are among those that have been key in the process.
The Royal College of Physicians’ Stroke Programme published the guidelines which requires all patients who are admitted to hospital, to receive an urgent brain scan within one hour. This is a huge reduction from the previous guidance of 12 hours. Recommendations have also been put in place for all acute stroke hospitals to have access to brain scans 24 hours a day. Local stroke services have been advised to organise themselves to minimise the time to treatment for the maximum number of people.
The guidance also calls for earlier rehabilitation of stroke patients in their own homes rather than keeping them in hospital, which supports the aims of the College of Occupational Therapists’ ‘Improving Lives, Saving Money’ campaign.
Research carried out by the RCP shows that leaving hospital early for home rehabilitation gives the greatest potential for people to return to living independently after a stroke.
Also included in the new guidelines: