Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause of permanent disability. As medical research has advanced, it has been recognized that time is of the essence when treating clients with stroke. It is imperative to quickly and accurately assess a client suffering stroke symptoms to determine the best plan of care to maximize outcomes.
The purpose/goal of this course is to review the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) objective assessment tool and describe how to use it when assessing a client for stroke.
Learning Objectives At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will do the following: • Describe the origins of and defined standards of use for the NIHSS. • Describe each of the elements of the NIHSS. • Explain how to score each item of the scale when assessing the neurological impairments in clients with suspected stroke.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 1.75 contact hours may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 13664, for 1.75 contact hours.
This activity is an online enduring material. Successful completion is achieved by reading and/or viewing the material(s), reflecting on its implications in your practice, and completing the assessment component.
The ideas and opinions presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Annenberg Center and/or its agents. As in all educational activities, we encourage practitioners to use their own judgement in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account that patient’s unique clinical situation. The Annenberg Center disclaims all liability and cannot be held responsible for any problems that may arise from participating in this activity or following treatment recommendations presented.
The estimated time to complete the activity is 1.75 hour(s).
This course released on June 1, 2017 and expires on May 31, 2019.
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