Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Few conditions can occur as rapidly and with as devastating consequences as stroke. Data from the American Stroke Association (ASA) indicate that over 795,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year. Immediate emergency treatment is critical to surviving a stroke with the least amount of damage to the brain and the ability to function. Every stroke or transient ischemic attack must be treated as a life-threatening emergency. Thus, it is important that all healthcare providers be educated on the early identification of stroke symptoms, emergency care options, and prevention of recurrent stroke.
This course will discuss the anatomy and physiology of a stroke, outline the cerebral artery anatomy and identify stroke symptoms as they relate to the various artery involvements. Radiological testing, laboratory values, medications, and nursing interventions will be addressed, as they pertain to the treatment of the acute stroke patient.
Eight hours of annual stroke specific continuing education is required for the staff that comprise the CORE stroke team. Additionally, at least 80% of the Emergency Department staff is required to have knowledge of the stroke pathophysiology, presentation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment including thrombolytic therapy. Finally, Nurses on non-stroke units, where stroke patients are not routinely cared for, and ancillary staff should receive education related to recognition of stroke signs and symptoms and activation of the organization’s emergency response processes.
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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Race Against the Clock
Chapter 3: Emergency Department Care
Chapter 4: t-PA - The Clot Buster
Chapter 5: Protect the Penumbra
Chapter 6: Brain Anatomy
Chapter 7: Cerebral Arteries
Chapter 8: Initial Care
Chapter 9: Secondary Stroke Prevention
Chapter 10: Complications
Chapter 11: Diagnostics and Treatments
Chapter 12: Resources and References
Maureen graduated nursing school in 1981 and has spent her years in the Emergency and Trauma field, including nursing positions as the Emergency Department Manager, Director of Staff Education, Trauma Coordinator, Cardiology Nurse Navigator, and Stroke Program Manager.Read Full Bio
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