Category: First 72 hours

MRI scan Approx 85% of all strokes are ischaemic and caused by a blockage of the blood vessel- these would be suitable to be assessed for thrombolysis, but this needs to be given within 4.5 hours of the stroke happeningĀ 

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Showing stroke doctor and stroke nurse explaining about the procedure. Thrombolysis, nurse performing observations, physiological monitoring, highlighting the importance of monitoring for any complications. Importance of supporting the relative and giving information

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Initial TIA clinic and investigations, explanation of investigations and possible further treatment; carotid endarterectomy, medications, life style, driving    

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All patients should be screened for swallow within 4 hours of presentation to hospital. Importance of nutrition and hydration

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the importance of correct support when mobilising

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Various strategies and equipment/aids in supporting patients with aphasia

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Highlighting medications, life style

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Discussing continence issues following stroke and management strategies to promote continence

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  Explanation and rational of PEG insertion and care of the patient Nurse explaining why mouth care is particularly important for stroke patients who are dysphagic

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