Current practices in feeding tube placement for US acute ischemic stroke inpatients

Neurolog: August 6, 2014

Objective: We sought to identify current US hospital practices for feeding tube placement in ischemic stroke.

Methods: In a retrospective observational study, we examined the frequency of feeding tube placement among hospitals in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample with ≥30 adult ischemic stroke admissions annually with length of stay greater than 3 days. We examined trends from 2004 to 2011 and predictors using data from more recent years (2008–2011). We used multilevel multivariable regression models accounting for a hospital random effect, adjusted for patient-level and hospital-level factors to predict feeding tube placement. Read More

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