Published in the Journal of Neurology, researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of 809 patients with acute stroke and evaluated the effect of infection during the hospitalization period.
Stroke associated infections occurred in 21% of patients, the most common being pneumonia.
Infection was associated with poorer functional outcomes and mortality out to 3 months.
The take home message
Appropriate use of antibiotics, early mobilization, and meticulous attention to infection prevention are key.