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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/183093
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Improving Stroke Care at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Author(s):
Outly, Tammy; Masciantonio, Michael; Shalaby, Alaa A.; Taylor, Melissa V.; Young, Nancy J.
Author Details:
Tammy Outly, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, Pittsburgh, PA, email: tammy.outly@va.gov; Michael Masciantonio, RN, BSN, Mdiv; Alaa A. Shalaby, MD; Melissa V.Taylor, PhD, RN; Nancy J.Young, RN, BSN
Abstract:
PURPOSE:
To improve Stroke outcomes by educating both professional and lay persons on the need to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and to treat stroke as a medical emergency.

METHOD:
The recognition of stroke as a medical emergency was addressed at both the professional and layperson level. Interdisciplinary monthly meetings were initiated to assess the current level of stroke care and to identify areas for improvement based on the capabilities of the medical center. Several events were held in May including a stroke screening along with the strategic placement of educational materials throughout the campus to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of treating stroke as a medical emergency.

FINDINGS:
Several key issues identified were a need for a prompt alert to the condition team, a systematic process for rapid assessment, and the necessity for methodical initial treatment of stroke. In addition to the professional issues noted, there was also a lack of knowledge in our patient population regarding the signs and symptoms of stroke.

DISCUSSION:
Education of the patients and their significant others was accomplished by providing several events in May including a stroke screening and strategic placement of educational materials throughout the campus to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of treating stroke as a medical emergency. Staff education continues for notifying the condition team of a suspected stroke in a timely manner. A "Stroke Card" is being developed to provide a guideline for a systematic assessment along with initial orders to facilitate obtaining pertinent information for appropriate treatment. To maintain the success of this initiative it is imperative to continue to assess and evaluate interventions to achieve best practice at the point of care.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference
Conference Host:
University of South Florida College of Nursing; Magnet Hospitals of Florida; Sigma Theta Tau International; Florida Organization of Nurse Executives
Conference Location:
Kissimmee, Florida
Description:
6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference � Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 12-13 February 2009 at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida, USA.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleImproving Stroke Care at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systemen_GB
dc.contributor.authorOutly, Tammyen_US
dc.contributor.authorMasciantonio, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorShalaby, Alaa A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Melissa V.en_US
dc.contributor.authorYoung, Nancy J.en_US
dc.author.detailsTammy Outly, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, Pittsburgh, PA, email: tammy.outly@va.gov; Michael Masciantonio, RN, BSN, Mdiv; Alaa A. Shalaby, MD; Melissa V.Taylor, PhD, RN; Nancy J.Young, RN, BSNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/183093-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE:<br/>To improve Stroke outcomes by educating both professional and lay persons on the need to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and to treat stroke as a medical emergency.<br/><br/>METHOD: <br/>The recognition of stroke as a medical emergency was addressed at both the professional and layperson level. Interdisciplinary monthly meetings were initiated to assess the current level of stroke care and to identify areas for improvement based on the capabilities of the medical center. Several events were held in May including a stroke screening along with the strategic placement of educational materials throughout the campus to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of treating stroke as a medical emergency.<br/><br/>FINDINGS:<br/>Several key issues identified were a need for a prompt alert to the condition team, a systematic process for rapid assessment, and the necessity for methodical initial treatment of stroke. In addition to the professional issues noted, there was also a lack of knowledge in our patient population regarding the signs and symptoms of stroke.<br/><br/>DISCUSSION:<br/>Education of the patients and their significant others was accomplished by providing several events in May including a stroke screening and strategic placement of educational materials throughout the campus to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of treating stroke as a medical emergency. Staff education continues for notifying the condition team of a suspected stroke in a timely manner. A &quot;Stroke Card&quot; is being developed to provide a guideline for a systematic assessment along with initial orders to facilitate obtaining pertinent information for appropriate treatment. To maintain the success of this initiative it is imperative to continue to assess and evaluate interventions to achieve best practice at the point of care.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T16:14:15Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T16:14:15Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.name6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostUniversity of South Florida College of Nursingen_US
dc.conference.hostMagnet Hospitals of Floridaen_US
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_US
dc.conference.hostFlorida Organization of Nurse Executivesen_US
dc.conference.locationKissimmee, Floridaen_US
dc.description6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference � Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 12-13 February 2009 at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida, USA.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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