The number of stroke patients seen over time may fluctuate particularly when a service undergoes reconfiguration. If a team’s number of cases varies by more than 10% then the SSNAP team may be able to adjust the expected number of cases. Where this applies teams are encouraged to contact the SSNAP helpdesk as soon as possible.
Evidence (ordinarily supplied via a team’s information or coding department) of the total number of stroke cases coded as I61, I63 and I64 should be provided for a minimum of four months. It is not possible to change the expected figure after a quarterly locking deadline.
To view your current expected cases, follow this link once logged into the SSNAP webtool, and download "Expected cases" - https://www.strokeaudit.org/Support/Team-Codes-and-Contact-Lists.aspx
Tip: The above advice is for routinely admitting teams only. If you are a non-routinely admitting team or non-acute inpatient team then your case ascertainment is calculated differently, based on discharges relative to admissions.