All hospitals should be resourced to participate fully in the Irish National Audit of Stroke (INAS).
Irish National Audit of Stroke National Report 2022
This is the fourth INAS national report, and the tenth year of capturing stroke data in Ireland. This report provides data on 90% of all stroke activity in 2022, accounting for 4,999 patients in 21 hospitals. Stroke remains the second leading cause of death in middle- to higher-income countries, and it stands as the leading cause of acquired adult neurological disability in Ireland.
The number of stroke unit beds should be increased so that at least 90% of patients with a stroke are cared for in a stroke unit.
Opportunistic screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) should be carried out for all people aged 65 years and over.
Clinicians and patients should be provided with guidance as to the importance of good adherence to anticoagulation medication in order to avoid strokes.
All hospitals should review their own performance against the national standards and identify quality improvement opportunities in order to improve the quality of care they are providing.