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Acute Stroke

Stroke Units

Organised Acute Stroke Services are provided by a coordinated specialised interdisciplinary team (IDT) and consist of early and ongoing comprehensive assessments and treatment which is guided by best practice.  The NSN have developed a set of acute service specifications for New Zealand DHBs to follow when designing their stroke services.

Accreditation is a process whereby health services can demonstrate that their patients are receiving a level of care consistent with recognised standards. 
The NSN has developed process documents for Acute stroke centre accreditation - secondary level. 

Indicator for Stroke Units

All New Zealand DHBs are required to report to the Ministry of Health on an a quarterly indicator measuring 'the percentage of stroke patients admitted to a stroke unit or an organised stroke service with a demonstrated stroke pathway - target 80 percent'.


New Zealand Thrombolysis Guideline - This guideline was developed by clinicians on the NSN Thrombolysis Working Group in 2013.

Indicator for Reperfusion 

All New Zealand DHBs are required to report to the Ministry of Health on a quarterly regional indicator that measures a target of 12 percent of potentially eligible stroke patients receiving reperfusion.  More information about the Ministry of Health indicators for stroke.

Stroke Nursing

Acute Stroke Nursing Guideline updated July 2018

Continence Resources



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