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Post Stroke Care: Immediate and Long-Term Management

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Course Overview

Post Stroke Care: Immediate and Long-Term Management

Author: Marybeth A. Keppler
RN, BSN, OCN, M.Ed

Ischemic stroke remains the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke care has become increasingly complex in recent years with the addition of interventional techniques that can remove clotting in the brain. Prior to these newer thrombectomy procedures, ischemic stroke patients had medical treatment or the time-sensitive administration of intravenous “clot buster” drugs with IV alteplase (TPA). Nurses play a vital role in stroke care, including assessment, knowledge of new protocols, and overall treatment plan. Those of us who are dedicated to the care of these patients at all levels must maintain competency whether the patient is acutely ill in the emergency room, intensive care unit, post-stroke unit, rehabilitation, or at home recovering. The best practice standards of stroke care are applicable in any unit the patient may be located. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Pathophysiology
  3. Nursing Role in Post Stroke Care
  4. Post Stroke / Post Procedure Monitoring 
  5. Post Endovascular Thrombectomy Complications 
  6. Post Intravenous Thrombolytic Intervention 
  7. Other Complications and Assessments 
  8. Nutrition in Stroke Care
  9. Dedicated Stroke Care Units
  10. Initial Blood Pressure Goals 
  11. Psychological and Neuropsychological Concerns in Stroke Care
  12. Mobility and Safety in Stroke Care
  13. Stroke Care Transitions 
  14. Conclusion 
  15. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss post stroke care and management. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. List the ischemic stroke blood pressure goals for immediate and peri-procedure for TPA or EVT. 
  2. Recognize the potential respiratory complications and methods to screen for dysphagia and aspiration risk. 
  3. Identify the glucose and temperature management for stroke patients. 
  4. Recognize the benefits of community stroke education and dedicated stroke units.  

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: June 25, 2021

Course Expires on: June 25, 2024

Course Offering: #93