Emergi-paths and stroke teams: an emergency department approach to acute ischemic stroke.

C. Bonnono, L. M. Criddle, H. Lutsep, P. Stevens, K. Kearns, R. Norton

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Abstract

In patients with early acute ischemic stroke (AIS), studies have shown improved recovery rates when thrombolytic therapy is appropriately initiated. However, in clinical practice, there are several barriers to rapid patient evaluation and drug administration. To facilitate the management of this population, an AIS clinical pathway, Emergi-path, was developed. Initiated at the time of the patients' arrival to the emergency department, Emergi-path provides a step-by-step guide for early care of AIS patients. A citywide stroke team plays an integral role in this process by responding to stroke codes. Implementation of an AIS pathway and activation of an organized team of stroke specialists can facilitate rapid evaluation and treatment of this high-risk population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-305
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medical–Surgical

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