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May is Stroke Awareness Month

In 2003, The Joint Commission launched its Primary Stroke Center Certification Program. As of January, 2011, there are more than 800 certified primary stroke centers. The designation signifies that the hospitals meet requirements to provide emergency diagnostic and therapeutic services by a multidisciplinary team 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to patients with symptoms of acute stroke.

Eight hours of annual stroke specific continuing education is required for the staff that comprise core stroke teams and emergency department staff is required to have knowledge of the stroke pathophysiology, presentation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment including thrombolytic therapy. 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.

Pedagogy offers a Stroke Continuing Education Package that is worth 5.5 contact hours. The package includes the courses Stroke: An Introduction and Stroke Management: Advanced at a 10% discount from their regular prices.

This course package is excellent for all healthcare providers and caregivers, and will assist hospitals seeking both initial and renewal of primary stroke center certification.

To help promote stroke symptom awareness Pedagogy has released a new resource to our resource library: Identify Stroke Symptoms FAST. 

In an emergency it can be difficult to remember the most common symptoms of a stroke. Remember FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) to recall these symptoms so that you may act quickly and call 9-1-1 to help someone receive help and treatment as soon as possible. For a patient who has had a stroke early response times may lead to a better recovery. 

Click the image below to download a printable poster of the resource:
Posted: 5/30/2016 11:00:00 PM
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