University Hospitals System Stroke Update 2016 and 11th Annual Neuroscience Nursing Symposium

Release DateAugust 1, 2016
Expiration Date
July 31, 2019 

Target Audience

Physicians, Nurses, Other Allied Health professionals

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss pre-hospital assessment, triage and decision making for patients with suspected acute stroke.  Review the goals of Advance Stroke Life Support training. 
  • Review the indications and absolute vs relative contraindications for IV tPA therapy.  Discuss controversial situations such as pregnancy, remote traumatic hemorrhage, stroke after a series of TIAs, elderly demented patients.
  • Discuss the recent clinical trials of stent-retriever therapy for establishing reperfusion after acute ischemic stroke.  Review the 2015 AHA/ ASA Guidelines for Endovascular Therapy for Acute Ischemic Stroke.  Discuss the UH Systems Stroke Program guidelines for early evaluation and management of acute suspected stroke. 
  • Discuss and illustrate the treatment options for securing intracranial aneurysms.  Review aspects of decision- making for individualizing patient treatment plans.
  • Review the 2015 AHA/ ASA Guidelines for management of patients with non-traumatic ICH.  Discuss the UH Systems Stroke Program guidelines for management of low-risk ICH. 
  • Review the AHA/ASA Guidelines on the management of asymptomatic carotid stenosis.  Discuss the CREST-2 trial rationale and aims. 
  • Discuss the goals of rehabilitation therapy and anticipated outcomes after stroke.  Review options for patient recovery in the early and late phases following stroke.
  • Discuss the best approaches to educating our patients 
  • Review the new anticoagulants and their pharmacologic properties.  Discuss the CHADS2VASC scoring and AHA/ ASA Guidelines for antithrombotic therapy with AF.
  • Review the data supporting sleep apnea as a stroke risk factor.  Discuss the diagnosis and management of sleep apnea complicating acute stroke.

Recorded slides and audio presentation. Power point slides with videos. 

Planning Committee
Cathy Sila MD, FAHA
Julie Fussner BSN, RN, CPHQ, SCRN
Danielle Sindelar MSN, RN, CMSRN
Erin Supan MSN. RN, CNS, CNRN
Ed Kuzma BSN, RN
Kelly Montgomery BSN, RN, SCRN
Ann Phillips BSN, RN
Barbara Bryson
No planning committee member reported a financial relationship with a commercial interest relevant to this activity. 

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