A stroke is a severe cerebrovascular condition that occurs as a result of impaired blood flow to the brain. It is a time-critical medical emergency.
In 2015, 6.8% of all deaths in Australia were the result of stroke. According to the Stroke Foundation, in 2017 approximately 475,000 Australians were living with the effects of a stroke.
Several strategies have been demonstrated to reduce stroke-related brain damage and long-term disability.
This module considers pre-hospital management of stroke. It aims to improve stroke knowledge in order to reduce time to treatment. Ambulance officers and paramedics provide most pre-hospital care to patients who have had a stroke. However, this module is designed to give all those involved in the emergency nursing, acute care, and rehabilitative care of stroke patients an insight into optimal care provision prior to hospital admission.
This module highlights recent research and reflects changes to stroke management following the release of the Stroke Foundation's Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017. It also considers potential future developments in the pre-hospital management of a stroke.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: