Controlled trial of an acute stroke unit for intracranial hemorrhage


Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To investigate the effect of an acute stroke unit on mortality in patients with intracranial hemorrhage.


Trial Design

Prospective, randomized, controlled, parallel, cohort study with two groups involving a total of 121 patients at a single center.

Patient Involvement

Patients were randomized to receive care in either an acute stroke unit or in general medical wards. Unlike the general medical wards, care in the acute stroke unit was multidisciplinary and based on specific guidelines that emphasized early mobilization/rehabilitation, treatment of fever and administration of antibiotics and fluids intravenously. Patients were followed until death or December 1998.


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Deaths from any cause at 30 days and 1 year.
Secondary Number of days in hospital and proportion of the patients alive and discharged to their homes.