Acute Stroke

Acute Stroke Online is a web-based course that provides training on the symptoms, diagnosis and management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and complications of stroke.

Course Fee: $199

  • 100% online
  • This course does not require skills testing
  • 2 Year Certification
  • Certificate available right after course completion

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The American Heart Association Acute Stroke Program is designed for healthcare providers to learn or refresh their skills and demonstrate their continued mastery of identifying and treating patients with acute stroke. The course provides an emphasis on acute care and initial rehabilitation for patients who have experienced a stroke.
Acute Stroke Online is a web-based course that provides training on the symptoms, diagnosis and management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and complications of stroke. Course content is based on information from the AHA’s ACLS EP Manual and Resource Text, covering treatment from the field to the emergency department, as well as critical care and rehabilitation. The text has been adapted to an independent study activity to make this resource available to a wider audience of health professionals.
Geared toward the experienced healthcare provider, this course is ideal for in-hospital, out-of-hospital and any healthcare provider who wants to improve his or her knowledge of stroke.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

Upon completion of this continuing education course, you will demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical alterations, pathophysiology, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment options, emphasizing acute care and initial rehabilitation, for patients who have experienced a stroke. Specific learning objectives to address potential knowledge gaps include:

  • Review stroke epidemiology.
  • Identify risk factors and triggers for stroke.
  • Discuss the major classifications of stroke, including pathophysiology and clinical presentation.
  • Describe the components of prehospital and emergency department evaluation and management.
  • Discuss the guidelines for early treatment and management of patients with acute stroke.
  • Identify the complications and associated interventions that may occur during the ICU care of acute stroke patients.
  • Summarize hospital nursing management for stroke patients beyond 24 hours.
  • Identify assessment, interventions, and goals of physical, occupational, and speech-language stroke rehabilitation in the acute setting.
  • List actions to be taken in the prevention of secondary stroke.

A stroke—also called a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or a brain attack—is a reduction or interruption of the flow of blood through an artery to one or more areas of the brain within the territory supplied by that artery. The end result is varying degrees of neurological and/or cognitive malfunction lasting longer than 24 hours. A very severe stroke can cause sudden death.
Stroke is a medical emergency, and for persons experiencing a stroke, the difference between recovery and disability or death is measured in hours. For healthcare professionals it is imperative that an understanding of stroke and the ways to take action become part of day-to-day practice. Providers are responsible for improving their skills along the continuum of care from prehospital/acute stroke to post-stroke education. In addition, educating patients about stroke prevention and recognition of stroke should be part of every provider’s practice.

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