Table 3

Time from stroke to CT examination and differences in treatment offered in the stroke unit and in general medical wards

Treatment Stroke unit (n=54) Medical wards (n=62) OR (95% CI)
Median time in hospital (days (IQR))7 (3–13)5 (2–11)
Time between stroke and CT
  CT<6 h26/54 (48)19/62 (31)2.10 (0.98–4.50)
 CT between 6 and 12 h15/54 (28)16/62 (26)1.10 (0.49–2.50)
 CT between 12 and 24 h9/54 (17)16/62 (26)0.58 (0.23–1.43)
 CT>24 h5/54 (9)11/62 (17)0.47 (0.15–1.46)
Referral to the neurosurgical department8/54 (15)9/62 (15)1.02 (0.37–2.87)
Mobilisation within the first day after admittance29/54 (54)26/62 (42)1.61 (0.77–3.35)
Parenteral fluid54/54 (100)46/62 (74)N/A
Low molecular weight heparin2/54 (4)10/62 (16)0.20 (0.04–0.96)
Oxygen treatment49/54 (91)48/62 (77)2.86 (0.96–8.55)
Paracetamol22/54 (41)16/62 (26)1.98 (0.90–4.34)
Penicillin7/54 (13)7/62 (11)1.17 (0.38–3.58)
Antibiotics except penicillin12/54 (22)6/62 (10)2.67 (0.93–7.69)
  • Data are number of patients with a given characteristic/total number of patients (%), unless otherwise stated. p Values are two tailed. IQR=interquartile range; OR=odds ratio; 95% CI=95% confidence interval; N/A=not available.