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Global Recognition for NSW Health Stroke Initiative

Global Recognition for NSW Health Stroke Initiative

A translational quality improvement project involving a partnership between the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and the Nursing Research Institute (NRI), a joint initiative between Australian Catholic University and St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney, is receiving global recognition at an International Stroke Conference hosted by the American Heart Association in San Diego.

A film featuring researchers from the NRI, clinicians and staff from ACI showcases the Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Implementation Project which is taking place in 36 stroke services across NSW.

The invitation-only opportunity has been extended to just 15 initiatives worldwide.

Dr Nigel Lyons, Chief Executive of the ACI explained that the original QASC trial published in the Lancet in 2011 showed that multidisciplinary, nurse-led interventions to manage stroke patient’s fever, hyperglycaemia and swallow difficulties significantly improved stroke patient’s health outcomes.

“It’s a credit to Professor Sandy Middleton, to our stroke and implementation teams at ACI, and in particular to the clinicians and managers that provide care to stroke patients across NSW, that specific attention is being given to the QASC trial and the drive to continuously improve stroke care across the NSW Health system”, said Dr Lyons.

“This acknowledgement at the world’s largest meeting of stroke clinicians and researchers is evidence that NSW is leading the way in stroke care and innovative research and providing world class care for stroke patients”, said Dr Lyons.

View the AHA film on YouTube

Learn more about the QASC trial

Read more about ACI’s work to improve stroke care