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  • Measure Summary
  • NQMC:008015
  • Jul 2012

Diagnosis and treatment of ischemic stroke: percentage of ischemic stroke patients who are assessed with a swallow screening test before receiving food, fluids or medications by mouth.

Anderson D, Larson D, Bluhm J, Charipar R, Fiscus L, Hanson M, Larson J, Rabinstein A, Wallace G, Zinkel A. Diagnosis and initial treatment of ischemic stroke. Bloomington (MN): Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI); 2012 Jul. 122 p. [238 references]

View the original measure documentation External Web Site Policy

This is the current release of the measure.

The measure developer reaffirmed the currency of this measure in January 2016.

Primary Measure Domain

Clinical Quality Measures: Process

Secondary Measure Domain

Does not apply to this measure

Description

This measure is used to assess the percentage of ischemic stroke patients age 18 years and older initially presenting with acute symptoms of ischemic stroke who are assessed with a swallow screening test before receiving food, fluids or medications by mouth.

Rationale

The priority aim addressed by this measure is to increase the percentage of stroke patients age 18 years and over who receive appropriate medical management within the initial 24 to 48 hours of diagnosis for prevention of complications such as:

  • Dehydration
  • Aspiration
  • Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Immobility
  • Falling
  • Nutritional status decline
  • Hyperthermia

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, recently dropping from third after decades long efforts to reduce incidence by treatment of risk factors. It remains the leading cause of disability among adults. Costs of hospitalizations, other cares and lost wages are simply enormous.

Pneumonia is a common finding among patients with acute stroke, its incidence ranging from 6% to 32%, and it is associated with stroke-related dysphagia symptoms. Implementation of a coordinated swallow evaluation on all acute stroke patients has been shown to significantly decrease the incidence of pneumonia among patients with acute stroke. Adherence with use of a dysphagia screening tool for patients with acute stroke has been shown to be variable with up to 25% of patients not screened. When implemented, failing a dysphagia screen has been found to be a predictor of post-stroke pneumonia. Lack of standardized, high-quality tools has hampered implementation, and a review found only four of 35 protocols met basic quality criteria. Those four protocols included the Barnes Jewish Hospital Stroke Dysphagia Screen, the modified Mann Assessment of Swallowing Ability, the Emergency Physician Swallowing Screen and Toronto Bedside Swallowing Screen Test. Lack of consensus around the best tools to use has also led the Joint Commission to retire the dysphagia screen measure as a performance indicator for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

Evidence for Rationale

Anderson D, Larson D, Bluhm J, Charipar R, Fiscus L, Hanson M, Larson J, Rabinstein A, Wallace G, Zinkel A. Diagnosis and initial treatment of ischemic stroke. Bloomington (MN): Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI); 2012 Jul. 122 p. [238 references]

Lakshminarayan K, Tsai AW, Tong X, Vazquez G, Peacock JM, George MG, Luepker RV, Anderson DC. Utility of dysphagia screening results in predicting poststroke pneumonia. Stroke. 2010 Dec;41(12):2849-54. PubMed External Web Site Policy

Odderson IR, Keaton JC, McKenna BS. Swallow management in patients on an acute stroke pathway: quality is cost effective. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1995 Dec;76(12):1130-3. PubMed External Web Site Policy

Perry L, Love CP. Screening for dysphagia and aspiration in acute stroke: a systematic review. Dysphagia. 2001 Winter;16(1):7-18. [48 references] PubMed External Web Site Policy

Schepp SK, Tirschwell DL, Miller RM, Longstreth WT Jr. Swallowing screens after acute stroke: a systematic review. Stroke. 2012 Mar;43(3):869-71. PubMed External Web Site Policy

Primary Health Components

Ischemic stroke; dysphagia; swallow screening

Denominator Description

Number of all patients presenting with symptoms of acute ischemic stroke (see the related "Denominator Inclusions/Exclusions" field)

Numerator Description

Number of patients who were screened for dysphagia before taking any food, fluids or medication (including aspirin) by mouth

Type of Evidence Supporting the Criterion of Quality for the Measure

  • A clinical practice guideline or other peer-reviewed synthesis of the clinical research evidence

Additional Information Supporting Need for the Measure

Unspecified

Extent of Measure Testing

Unspecified

State of Use

Current routine use

Current Use

Internal quality improvement

Measurement Setting

Emergency Department

Hospital Inpatient

Professionals Involved in Delivery of Health Services

Physicians

Least Aggregated Level of Services Delivery Addressed

Single Health Care Delivery or Public Health Organizations

Statement of Acceptable Minimum Sample Size

Unspecified

Target Population Age

Age greater than or equal to 18 years

Target Population Gender

Either male or female

National Quality Strategy Aim

Better Care

National Quality Strategy Priority

Prevention and Treatment of Leading Causes of Mortality

IOM Care Need

Getting Better

IOM Domain

Effectiveness

Case Finding Period

The time frame pertaining to data collection is monthly.

Denominator Sampling Frame

Patients associated with provider

Denominator (Index) Event or Characteristic

Clinical Condition

Encounter

Patient/Individual (Consumer) Characteristic

Denominator Time Window

Does not apply to this measure

Denominator Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions
Number of all patients presenting with symptoms of acute ischemic stroke

Population Definition: Patients age 18 years and older.

Exclusions
Unspecified

Exclusions/Exceptions

Unspecified

Numerator Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions
Number of patients who were screened for dysphagia before taking any food, fluids or medication (including aspirin) by mouth

Exclusions
Unspecified

Numerator Search Strategy

Fixed time period or point in time

Data Source

Paper medical record

Type of Health State

Does not apply to this measure

Instruments Used and/or Associated with the Measure

Unspecified

Measure Specifies Disaggregation

Does not apply to this measure

Scoring

Rate/Proportion

Interpretation of Score

Desired value is a higher score

Allowance for Patient or Population Factors

Unspecified

Standard of Comparison

Internal time comparison

Original Title

Percentage of ischemic stroke patients who are assessed with a swallow screening test before receiving food, fluids or medications by mouth.

Measure Collection Name

Diagnosis and Treatment of Ischemic Stroke

Submitter

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement - Nonprofit Organization

Developer

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement - Nonprofit Organization

Funding Source(s)

The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement's (ICSI's) work is funded by the annual dues of the member medical groups and five sponsoring health plans in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Composition of the Group that Developed the Measure

Work Group Members: David Anderson, MD (Work Group Co-Leader) (University of Minnesota Physicians and Hennepin County Medical Center) (Neurology); David Larson, MD, FACEP (Work Group Co-Leader) (Ridgeview Medical Center) (Emergency Medicine); Gail Wallace, NP (Essentia Health) (Nursing); Lynne Fiscus, MD, MPH (Fairview Health Services) (Internal Medicine and Pediatrics); Andrew Zinkel, MD (HealthPartners Medical Group and Regions Hospital) (Emergency Medicine); Ron Charipar, MD (Marshfield Clinic) (Internal Medicine and Pediatrics); Alejandro Rabinstein, MD (Mayo Clinic) (Neurology); Jeff Larson, PharmD (Park Nicollet Health Services) (Pharmacy); Myounghee Hanson, BA (Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement) (Clinical Systems Improvement Facilitator); Jim Bluhm, MPH (Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement) (Team Director)

Financial Disclosures/Other Potential Conflicts of Interest

David Anderson, MD (Work Group Leader)
Professor, Neurology Department, Neurology, University of Minnesota Physicians and Hennepin County Medical Center
National, Regional, Local Committee Affiliations: NNINDS NHLBI as an event adjudicator for two clinical trials: SAMMPRIS (Stenting Versus Aggressive Medical Management for Preventing Recurrent Stroke), and AIM-HIGH (Atherothrombosis Intervention in Metabolic Syndrome with Low HDL Cholesterol/High Triglyceride and Impact on Global Health Outcomes)
Guideline-Related Activities: None
Research Grants: None
Financial/Non-Financial Conflicts of Interest: MN Acute Stroke Systems Council, MDH and member of MN Time Critical Care Committee, MDH

Ron Charipar, MD (Work Group Member)
Professor, Internal Medicine, Marshfield Clinic
National, Regional, Local Committee Affiliations: None
Guideline-Related Activities: None
Research Grants: None
Financial/Non-Financial Conflicts of Interest: None

Lynne Fiscus, MD, MPH (Work Group Member)
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Department, Fairview Health Services
National, Regional, Local Committee Affiliations: None
Guideline-Related Activities: None
Research Grants: None
Financial/Non-Financial Conflicts of Interest: None

David Larson, MD, FACEP (Work Group Member)
Medical Director, Ridgeview Emergency Department, Ridgeview Medical Center
National, Regional, Local Committee Affiliations: None
Guideline-Related Activities: None
Research Grants: None
Financial/Non-Financial Conflicts of Interest: Clinical Advisory Panel Leader, TogetherMD, LLC, MN Acute Stroke Systems Council, MDH and member of MN Time Critical Care Committee, MDH

Jeff Larson, PharmD (Work Group Member)
Staff Pharmacist, Pharmacy, Park Nicollet Health Services
National, Regional, Local Committee Affiliations: None
Guideline-Related Activities: None
Research Grants: None
Financial/Non-Financial Conflicts of Interest: None

Alejandro Rabinstein, MD (Work Group Member)
Professor, Neurology, Mayo Clinic
National, Regional, Local Committee Affiliations: None
Guideline-Related Activities: None
Research Grants: Cardionet, MCOT use for an investigator-initiated project
Financial/Non-Financial Conflicts of Interest: Member of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the PREVAIL study by ARTITECH (now Boston Scientific)

Gail Wallace, NP (Work Group Member)
Neurology Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Essentia Health East Region
National, Regional, Local Committee Affiliations: None
Guideline-Related Activities: None
Research Grants: None
Financial/Non-Financial Conflicts of Interest: None

Andrew Zinkel, MD (Work Group Member)
Section Head and Medical Director of Quality, Department of Emergency Medicine, HealthPartners Medical Group and Regions Hospital
National, Regional, Local Committee Affiliations: None
Guideline-Related Activities: None
Research Grants: None
Financial/Non-Financial Conflicts of Interest: Clinical Advisory Panel Leader, TogetherMD, LLC

Adaptation

This measure was not adapted from another source.

Date of Most Current Version in NQMC

2012 Jul

Measure Maintenance

Scientific documents are revised every 12 to 24 months as indicated by changes in clinical practice and literature.

Date of Next Anticipated Revision

The next scheduled revision will occur within 24 months.

Measure Status

This is the current release of the measure.

The measure developer reaffirmed the currency of this measure in January 2016.

Source(s)

Anderson D, Larson D, Bluhm J, Charipar R, Fiscus L, Hanson M, Larson J, Rabinstein A, Wallace G, Zinkel A. Diagnosis and initial treatment of ischemic stroke. Bloomington (MN): Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI); 2012 Jul. 122 p. [238 references]

Measure Availability

Source available from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Web site External Web Site Policy.

For more information, contact ICSI at 8009 34th Avenue South, Suite 1200, Bloomington, MN 55425; Phone: 952-814-7060; Fax: 952-858-9675; Web site: www.icsi.org External Web Site Policy; E-mail: icsi.info@icsi.org.

NQMC Status

This NQMC summary was completed by ECRI Institute on November 14, 2012.

The information was reaffirmed by the measure developer on January 13, 2016.

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