Stroke is an acute and severe disease caused by a blood vessel that feeds the brain clogged or ruptured, resulting in a brain problem in that area. Every minute lost, brain cells will be destroyed more and more until at the end it may cause permanent disability. Fast diagnosis and timely treatment will reduce the chance of being a disability and the death rate. The patients will be able to return to maintain their daily lives again.
“Time” is the most important factor in the treatment of stroke. Bangkok Hospital Phuket provides not only a quick treatment which fully follows the international standards but also the modern tools and methods of treatment. There is also a recovery unit for stroke patients with a multidisciplinary team involved in the treatment who are physician specializing in stroke, Cardiovascular physician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, dietitians, psychologists, and nurse who are the coordinators providing the ongoing patient care during the hospital visit and monitoring the patient’s condition when returning home for the recovery. The patient care process will reduce the rate of the complications and the recurrence of stroke.
In 2018, The statistic of Bangkok Hospital Phuket showed that 97.8 percent of patients do not re-visit with the same stroke within 28 days. This is a great statistic comparing to the rate of the hospitals in the United States which is 76.7 percent. *
*Source: Benjamin EJ, Virani SS, Callaway CW, Chamberlain AM, Chang AR, Cheng S, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2018 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation [Internet]. 2018 Mar 20 [cited 2019 Feb 14];137(12):e67–492. Available
The ability to perform daily activities means the ability to perform various activities that should be done normally, such as self-care, hearing, movement, communication, mind, emotion, behavior, intelligence and learning (Barthel ADL index ** increased more than or equal to 10 points).
In 2018, 132 stroke patients from Bangkok Hospital Phuket were receiving treatment from the rehabilitation physicians. 121 patients were improving their daily living (Barthel ADL index increased greater than or equal to 10 points), representing 91.7 percent.
**Source: Piyapat Detpratham, Ratana Minaphan, Prasertporn Chantorn, Somluck Phianmanakit, Saowalak Chankasemchit, Amphai Yuwan.
The Reliability of Thai version of Bartel Assessment in Patients with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2006; 16 (1): 1-9.