The stroke patient is acutely ill within minutes of symptom onset. Typically, he or she is awake and thus requires a focal neurologic exam to evaluate vision, movement, sensation and language. With the advent of acute stroke treatments that need to be rapidly implemented, it is critical that the nurse be able to assess patients and relay the information… (More)
Patients delay in responding to stroke as an emergency in part because they have deficient information about the disease and treatment. Healthcare providers may also have a lack of information about stroke assessment and management, which could attribute to delays in patient care. In order to provide early, rapid stroke treatment in eligible persons, the… (More)
Treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) for acute stroke requires intensive care of the patient. The risk of thrombolytic therapy and the need for rapid interventions make it clear that the nursing role during this time is crucial. Nurses should be familiar with safe dosage and administration of rt-PA for stroke, which is clearly different than… (More)
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability among Americans. The recent US Food and Drug Administration approval of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA, Activase) for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke offers the first proven therapy to reverse or ameliorate stroke symptoms. rt-PA is thought to restore circulation in the patient with… (More)
In the National Institutes of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) stroke trial, the primary adverse events monitored were intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), systemic bleeding, death and new stroke. Nurses caring for the study patients noted these adverse events and other complications. In addition to what is… (More)
Ischemic stroke remains a significant problem in the United States. Complex intracellular metabolic events occur leading to cell death. A search for treatments to prevent this ischemic process continues. Thrombolytic agents, recently developed and tested, may lessen the disabling effects of stroke.
With the approval of rt-PA therapy for ischemic stroke, stroke care has acutely transitioned from focusing on rehabilitative services to emergency services. This treatment, which must be initiated within the first three hours after the onset of stroke symptoms, requires reorganization of current management approaches. Developing a Code Stroke Team… (More)