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Quality & Audit

NZ health services use best practice guidelines for delivery of patient centered acute and rehabilitation stroke services. Stroke guidelines and service specifications inform our standards of clinical practice and service delivery.

Audit in healthcare is a process used by health professionals to assess, evaluate and improve care of patients in a systematic way. Audit tools measure current practice against a defined (desired) standard. It forms part of clinical governance, which aims to safeguard a high quality of clinical care for patients.


Stroke Service Specifications for DHBs

The National Stroke Network has developed recommended minimum service specifications for DHBs.  They include acute and rehabilitation specifications and acute credentialing recommendations.

Ministry Of Health Indicators for stroke 

There are four indicators for stroke that monitor:

1. Admission to a Stroke Unit
2. Reperfusion rates for acute stroke
3. Timely transfer to inpatient rehabilitation
4. Timely rehabilitation in the community

National Coding for stroke

Use the Audit Cycle flow diagram above to guide correct coding for 'stroke'. Download diagram

Acute Stroke Reperfusion

National Reperfusion Registry 

NZ Medication Safety Alerts

Alert 17 Alteplase or Tenecteplase?

Alert 18 Thrombolysis for acute ischaemic stroke

Stroke Audits

2009 Acute Stroke Audit NZ

Stroke Surveys

Speech Language Therapy Survey 2017

Useful links

Health Quality and Safety Commission

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