Stroke: Same-day mobilisation 'raises mortality risk'

Exploratory analysis of a trial of very early out-of-bed activity sheds light on risk factors

Tertiary analysis of data from a trial of early intensive rehabilitation after stroke suggests that it might increase deaths within the first two weeks of the event, researchers say.

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In the Australian-led AVERT trial, more than 2100 patients who had experienced haemorrhagic or ischaemic stroke within the past 24 hours were randomised to either very early mobilisation or to usual care.

In those in the very early mobilisation arm, ward-based nurses and physiotherapists