Advanced Stroke Management
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.

Course Publication Date: September 26, 2021

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Maureen Sullivan-Tevault RN, BSN, CEN, CDCES
Course No:ADSTROKE-21
Contact Hours:4.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Critical Care Medicine
Learning Objectives
  • Identify signs and symptoms of a stroke, and appropriate emergency treatment

  • Differentiate the difference between a stroke and a transient ischemic attack (T.I.A.)

  • Calculate the appropriate dose of t-PA for treatment of ischemic stroke

  • Identify the risks and benefits of t-PA administration

  • List the appropriate members of a (stroke) rehabilitation team

  • Discuss the N.I.H. stroke scale and its use in evaluation of stroke severity

  • Describe measures to decrease the risk of a recurrent stroke (“secondary prevention”)

  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the brain and cerebral arteries.

  • Define the penumbra in relation to acute stroke care

  • Describe the care for the acute stroke patient during a hospital stay

  • Describe emergency interventions for a patient diagnosed with an acute stroke.


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