In 2003, The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospital Organizations launched a certification program for primary stroke centers (PSCs) using the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association recommendations. The new stroke certification program prompted hospitals across the nation to develop protocols, guidelines, and plans of care to treat stroke as a medical emergency. The coalition has also published recommendations for advanced certification of comprehensive stroke centers (CSCs), which offer neurointerventional services. While a PSC can handle most acute stroke patients, a CSC can handle all stroke patients, including the most complicated cases. The goal of this course is to familiarize learners with certification standards and compliance requirements of certified stroke centers.
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: The Development of Certified Stroke Centers
Comparing Now and Then
Identifying the Need for Certified Stroke Centers
Section 3: Tiers of Designated Stroke Centers
Accessible Treatment for All
Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals
Primary Stroke Center Core Measures
Comprehensive Stroke Center Core Measures
Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Centers
EMS and Nursing Requirements for Stroke Center Certification
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Section 4: Conclusion
Anna Ver Hage MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN is a Certified Critical Care Nurse, Certified Neuroscience Nurse, Stroke Care Registered Nurse, and an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She currently serves as stroke nurse practitioner in the division of neurological critical care at Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, Arizona. Anna has worked as a nurse and nurse practitioner for over 20 years in the critical care area in numerous university settings across the United States. Anna is an active member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN). Disclosure: Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN
Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN is a SME writer for Relias with over 13 years of acute care experience in nursing. She began working in adult critical care at Wake Med Cary Hospital in 2011, obtained her CCRN certification in 2016, and served in the role of Rapid Response/Code Blue/Rounding RN for over 2 years. She continues to work as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit. Laura has a passion for education and excellence in nursing care. She has been involved in numerous special projects and educational activities to improve staff development, evidence-based clinical practice, and patient satisfaction. She continues to strive for excellence in education and clinical development as an acute care course writer. Disclosure: Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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