Symptoms And Symptoms Of The Stroke Recovery Process

2210 WordsJul 12, 20169 Pages
Background and Relevance It is estimated that there are 62,000 strokes in Canada each year and 405,000 of the Canadian population have been living with the effects of a stroke themselves or have a close family member/friend who had suffered a stroke (Heart & Stroke Foundation, 2016). According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (2016) 16 out of every 100 patients who has suffered a stroke without a past history of dementia, will more than likely develop dementia after their first or recurrent stroke. Working in the Integrated Stroke Unit, patients hospitalized for stroke who also have dementia required quite a lot of complex care, which is understandable, as according to the Canadian Institute for Heath Information, stroke patients with dementia are are at a much greater risk of dying than those without dementia, with a mortality rate of 20% compared to 13% for patient who only suffered a stroke (Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2016). The stroke recovery process is quite complex, and further issues may develop for a stroke patient with dementia such as a urinary tract infection, which is relatively common in patients who suffered a stroke due to urinary retention or incontinence (American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 2007). Bacteremia or sepsis is a potential complication of urinary tract infection, and through nursing assessments, if a patient develops a fever after a stoke while in hospital, screening of the urine for evidence of infection should be
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