Professor Sandy Middleton's stroke research profiled by NHMRC
Published: Thursday 26th October 2017
Professor Sandy Middleton’s internationally recognised work around stroke care has been profiled this week on NHMRC’s In Focus website.
Professor Middleton, one of ACU leading nurse researchers and Director of the Nursing Research Institute, a joint collaboration between Australian Catholic University and St Vincent’s Health Australia, was the lead investigator of NHMRC funded Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Trial.
The collaboration trialled an implementation strategy to promote uptake of standard protocols to manage fever, raised glucose and swallowing difficulties in 19 acute stroke units across New South Wales, with more than 1600 patients.
Results showed that if clinicians are supported to implement these protocols, patients are more likely to be alive and independent three months following a stroke and also out to four years post-stroke. A recent independent economic evaluation of this work by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare found that if only 65 per cent of the eligible Australian population received care according to these protocols, there would be a saving of $281 million over 12 months.
Six years since the original trial, the protocols are now being introduced into over 300 hospitals in 12 European countries, continuing to save lives and save limited healthcare funds. The profile has been shared through NHMRC’s social media channels covering Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.