Bedside Tool Helps Predict Outcomes After Stroke

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A clinical prediction rule for death and severe disability after acute ischemic stroke— derived from preadmission comorbidities, level of consciousness, age, and neurologic deficit—appears to identify patients who will have poor outcomes after hospitalization. In a study, investigators found that non-specialist clinicians could use scores from the rule to predict the following:

30-day mortality.
Death or severe dependence at discharge.
1-year mortality.

Abstract: Archives of Internal Medicine, November 12, 2012.

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