Damian Jenkinson

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Timely referral of appropriate patients to acute stroke units is necessary for effective provision of skilled care. We compared the characteristics of referrals with suspected stroke to an academic acute stroke unit via 3 primary referral routes: ambulance paramedics using a rapid ambulance protocol and stroke recognition instrument,(More)
BACKGROUND Public awareness of the signs of stroke is essential to ensure that those affected by stroke arrive at the hospital in time for lifesaving therapies. It is unclear how well stroke awareness campaigns improve awareness of stroke signs and whether people translate this into action. METHODS We evaluated stroke awareness campaigns conducted in(More)
The transmission of whooping cough in a general practice community was followed after the identification of the first case for nearly three years. Intensive case-finding was undertaken to detect contacts of known cases of whooping cough and to take pernasal swabs from those with any cough; 102 swabs were taken. In three months 39 cases of whooping cough(More)
Little research has been performed to determine how a stroke unit should be staffed and what the links are between patient dependency and staffing. For this study, 140 stroke units were randomly selected--35 from each of the four quartiles of performance in the National Sentinel Audit of Stroke. A questionnaire was sent to each of the units to collect data(More)
BACKGROUND The use of telemedicine in acute stroke care can facilitate rapid access to treatment, but the work required to embed any new technology into routine practice is often hidden, and can be challenging. We aimed to collate recommendations and resources to support telestroke implementation. METHODS Systematic search of healthcare databases and the(More)
Fifty-nine patients receiving repeat prescriptions for anti-rheumatic drugs were visited unexpectedly at home and found to have had experience with ;Snap-Safe' child-resistant containers. Forty-one (70 per cent) patients were unable to use them. Twenty-seven (46 per cent) patients adopted hazardous alternative methods of storage. Ways of reducing this(More)