The Diagnosis and Acute Management of Childhood Stroke, Clinical Guideline 2017
In children, stroke is among the top ten causes of death, is more common than brain tumours and is the leading cause of hemiplegic cerebral palsy in term born infants. Like adults ‘time is brain’ for children who suffer a stroke. Unlike adults, educational campaigns for childhood stroke are rare and scientific literature is scarce. Affected children carry resulting disabilities for a lifetime, at great cost to families, health services and most importantly the child’s future.
This clinical guideline was developed in response to the needs of professionals and families for a consistent approach to childhood stroke in Australia. It includes more than 60 recommendations to help emergency staff and paediatricians in diagnosing and managing children with stroke upon arrival to hospital.
The guideline was developed by the Australian Childhood Stroke Advisory Committee (ACSAC), comprising Australia’s leading clinical experts, scientists and guideline developers, representing all of Australia’s leading tertiary paediatric centres.
Successful implementation of this guideline will allow for the collection of accurate national incidence and outcome data, identify priorities for future collaborative research and reduce variation in care across Australia’s tertiary paediatric institutions.