A Bad Stroke of Luck

The worst place to suffer a stroke is on a hospital ward, researchers have found. A team of researchers compared the outcomes of two groups of two groups of patients-those admitted to hospital with a stroke, and those who had a stroke while in hospital for another reason. Although both groups were of a similar age and sex, 60% of inpatients died in hospital compared with 28% of admitted patients. Inpatients remained in hospital for an average of 31 days compared to 16 days for admitted patients.[And you thought it was the safest place to be!]