Patients with a primary diagnosis of stroke coded as I61, I63 or I64 should be added onto SSNAP. Additionally, any patient who follows the stroke care pathway should be included on SSNAP. If a patient has a serious co-morbidity that would prevent them from following the stroke care pathway, these patients should be excluded from the SSNAP dataset.
The minimum age for patient submission to SSNAP is 16.
Patient had the stroke up to 28 days before presenting to Hospital (more than 28 days, excluded).
Patients who are not admitted to hospital (for example if treated and discharged from A&E OR died in A&E) cannot be entered onto SSNAP. We would recommend capturing information on these patients at local level.
Should community teams start records if patients had their stroke and a prolonged stay abroad, with only limited inpatient care in the UK, and foreign data is limited?
It is often the case that patients who suffered a stroke overseas and were transferred to a UK hospital cannot be entered on SSNAP, especially those that received prolonged care abroad. In these cases where the acute provider is not able to start a record on SSNAP, the post-acute provider will be permitted to start a record.