What is a Stroke Center?
by Nursing CE Catalog
“Stroke centers” are organizations that diagnose and treat clients experiencing acute stroke, using an established network of health care professionals, diagnostic equipment, and standardized protocols and/or clinical pathways to rapid assessment.Studies have shown that clients experiencing an acute stroke were not seeking help in time for these clients to receive IV tPA, thrombolytic therapy, a medication utilized that potentially reduces the devastating effects caused by stroke. Hospitals can provide evidence-based practice and efficiently assess, diagnose, and treat clients experiencing stroke by establishing stroke centers.Currently, there are three levels of stroke centers in the United States, including approximately 1,000 acute stroke ready hospitals (ASRHs), over 1,200 certified primary stroke centers (PSCs), and 300 comprehensive stroke centers (CSCs). Certification is available through The Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), or Det Norske Veritas (DNV), all accrediting bodies that follow the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for stroke care.This course will acquaint learners with the concept of a stroke center and discuss the differences between a primary stroke center (PSC) and a comprehensive stroke center (CSC). The purpose/goal of this course is to explain why stroke centers are important in decreasing the morbidity and mortality associated with strokes and to outline some of the requirements for certification, as well as the variation in state-legislated requirements required of these centers.Learning ObjectivesAt the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will do the following: • Describe the history and establishment of stroke centers.• Explain the benefits and differences between a PSC and a CSC.• Describe the basic standards and elements that define a PSC and a CSC.• Discuss specific outcome measures that are used in the ongoing evaluation of a PSC and a CSC.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 2.0 contact hours may be earned for successful completion of this activity.Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 13664, for 2.0 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 2.0 hour(s).This course released on June 1, 2017 and expires on May 31, 2019.