What is the code stroke ED protocol for treatment of possible 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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Once patients have been identified as potential stroke patients, their ED evaluation must be fast-tracked to allow for the completion of required laboratory tests and requisite noncontrast head CT scanning, as well as for the notification and involvement of neurologic consultants. These requirements have led to the development of "code stroke" protocols for the ED. In addition, EMS personnel are trained to identify possible stroke patients and arrange for their speedy, preferential transport to a PSC or CSC. [80]


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