Advanced Stroke Management


This course is in partnership with Pedagogy Continuing Nurse Education. After purchasing, we will send you credentials to begin your online course.

Contact Hours: 2

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.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to

  1. Identify signs and symptoms of a stroke, and appropriate emergency treatment.
  2. Differentiate the difference between a stroke and a transient ischemic attack (T.I.A.).
  3. Calculate the appropriate dose of t-PA for treatment of ischemic stroke.
  4. Identify the risks and benefits of t-PA administration.
  5. List the appropriate members of a (stroke) rehabilitation team.
  6. Discuss the N.I.H. stroke scale and its use in evaluation of stroke severity.
  7. Describe measures to decrease the risk of a recurrent stroke (“secondary prevention”).
  8. Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the brain and cerebral arteries.
  9. Define the penumbra in relation to acute stroke care.
  10. Describe the care for the acute stroke patient during a hospital stay.
  11. Describe emergency interventions for a patient diagnosed with an acute stroke.

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