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Quality of care for better stroke outcomes . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1344 (Published 23 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1344

Vertical transmission of chlamydia

Routine testing for Chlamydia trachomatis in pregnant women in Finland, using urine nucleic acid amplification tests, shows a carriage rate of 2.7%. Textbooks and guidelines claim that half of the babies born to infected women will acquire the infection, and of these, 25% to 50% will be symptomatic. But a study (Sex Transm Infect doi:10.1136/sextrans-2016-052884) shows that the true rate of chlamydial disease in babies is much lower. Using other whole population registries from Finland, possible vertically transmitted chlamydia in infants was estimated at 2.2% per 1000 live births.

Good acute care pays in stroke

The quality of acute care for Australians who suffer stroke was assessed over the years 2010 to 2014 using the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (Stroke doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.015714. ). The three key components were: admission …

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