Acute ischemic stroke is a time-sensitive disease requiring rapid identification and treatment. The landscape of care for acute ischemic stroke is changing rapidly with both new and existing treatments that improve outcomes. However, when it comes to delivering timely stroke care, emergency departments (ED) face complex logistical issues in identifying which patients are eligible for treatments such as tPA and endovascular treatments. Specifically, many EDs may not have in-house neurologists to help with treatment decisions 24/7 requiring transfer to other settings for evaluation and treatment.
In a new webinar titled, “The Changing Landscape of Stroke Care”, two emergency physician experts Dr. Robert Dunne Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and EMS Fellowship Director at Wayne State University School of Medicine St. John Hospital and Medical Center and Dr. Phil Levy, the Edward S. Thomas Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Chair of Clinical Research at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, also at Wayne State University describe important issues in stroke care in the ED. In addition to the lecture, you can listen to a series of podcasts developed on topics raised throughout the course, such as the Role of EMS Providers and Regional Transfer Process: Key Procedures for Possible Endovascular Treatment. It’s a CME program offering 1.25 hours of credit. The course is also accredited for Nursing CE.
The webinar focuses on several topics including:
- Identifying barriers that prevent acute ischemic stroke patients from receiving timely treatment
- Describing methods for identification of large vessel occlusions
- Explaining Parallel Processing and comparing specific protocols
- Reviewing Pre-Hospital Notification Procedures and regionalization of services/identification of stroke centers
Finally, Drs. Dunne and Levy the overall stroke system of care, emphasizing the multidisciplinary approach for management of ischemic stroke. Whether your ED has an advanced stroke program or interested in developing one, or you’re an emergency physician who wants to know about the latest in stroke care, this program is well-produced, easy to digest and incredibly informative.
A link to the website can be found here:
Dr. Jesse Pines is the Director of the GW Center for Healthcare Innovation & Policy Research and a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University.