As of 1 December 2017, a new SSNAP dataset will be in place. These changes will predominantly impact those teams who treat patients in the first 72 hours of their stroke. These mostly affect data items about anti coagulation pre-stroke, treatment of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH), and complications of thrombolysis and thrombectomy.
All records with a start date of 1 December 2017 or later will require the answering of these new questions.
Rationale for adding new questions to SSNAP:
- There is compelling evidence for reasonably tight blood pressure management after intracerebral haemorrhage. Given with the increased use of anticoagulants it is vital to get systems in place with urgency to correct clotting abnormalities when people are admitted with ICH.
- The validations and answer options for thrombolysis and thrombectomy complications have been refined to improve the quality of data submitted to SSNAP.
- New questions about the time first contact was made with the stroke consultant have been added in order to collect information regarding first contact for a patient, even where that contact is not in person.
- There are also some more minor changes to question wording, answer options, and/or validations to ensure the data collected are as useful as possible.
Below you can download the new Core SSNAP Dataset as well as the new SSNAP Dataset Helpnotes.