What clinical education is needed for EMTs, physicians, and nurses of patients with ischemic stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Prehospital care providers are essential to timely stroke care. Course curricula for prehospital care providers are beginning to include more information on stroke than ever before. Through certification and Acute Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instruction, as well as continuing medical education classes, prehospital care providers can remain current on stroke warning signs, prehospital stroke tools, and triage protocols in their region, and can promote stroke awareness in their own communities.

Physician and nursing staff involved in the care of stroke patients, in the Emergency Department (ED) and in the hospital, should participate in scheduled stroke education. This will help them to maintain the skills required to treat stroke patients effectively and to remain current on medical advances for all stroke types.


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