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Table 3 Characteristics of patients with final diagnosis of stroke dispatched as stroke

From: Training emergency services’ dispatchers to recognise stroke: an interrupted time-series analysis

  Pre (N=92) During (N=48) Post (N=59) Overall (N=199)
Median age years (IQR) 76 (65 to 83) 75 (64 to 83) 75 (66 to 82) 76 (65 to 83)
Female (%) 38/92 (41.3) 21/48 (43,8) 25/59 (42.4) 84/199 (42.2)
Side affected by stroke:     
  No clear lateralisation (%) 23/88 (26.1) 11/46 (23.9) 10/58 (17.2) 44/192 (23.0)
  Right side (%) 31/88 (35.2) 20/46 (43.5) 21/58 (36.2) 72/192 (38.0)
  Left Side (%) 34/88 (38.6) 15/46 (32.6) 27/58 (46.6) 76/192 (39.6)
Arm weakness (%) 47/87 (54.0) 25/46 (54.3) 24/53 (45.3) 96/186 (51.6)
Leg weakness (%) 39/85 (45.9) 21/46 (45.7) 20/53 (37.7) 80/184 (43.5)
Facial weakness (%) 43/81 (53.1) 27/46 (58.7) 23/53 (43.4) 93/180 (52.0)
Speech Problems (%) 50/76 (65.8) 29/42 (69.0) 23/50 (46.0) 102/168 (60.7)
Conscious level     
Alert (%) 74/88 (84.1) 42/48 (87.5) 57/59 (96.6) 173/195 (89.0)
Drowsy (%) 9/88 (10.2) 5/48 (10.4) 2/59 (3.4) 16/195 (8.2)
Stupor (%) 3/88 (3.4) 0/48 (0) 0/59 (0) 3/195 (2.0)
Coma (%) 2/88 (2.3) 1/48 (2.1) 0/59 (0) 3/195 (2.0)