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1. How many people suffer from a stroke attack in the United States each year?

2. How does stroke rank as a leading cause of death in the United States?

3. Why is early recognition of an acute ischemic stroke so vital?

4. Where do most strokes occur?

5. What percentage of patients use EMS for transport?

6. Why don't more people use EMS to come to the hospital?

7. Who is at increased risk for strokes?

8. How does the African-American stroke risk compare to others?

9. At what age does the incidence of stroke sharply increase?

10. Who is at risk for dying from a stroke?

11. What is the goal of stroke treatment?

12. What are the links in the Stroke Chain of Survival?

13. What are the 8 D's of Stroke Care?

14. What is a main emphasis of the Suspected Stroke Algorithm?

15. What does NINDS stand for?

16. What are the in-hospital goals established by NINDS within 10 minutes?

17. What are the in-hospital goals established by NINDS within 25 minutes?

18. What are the in-hospital goals established by NINDS within 45 minutes?

19. What are the in-hospital goals established by NINDS within 60 minutes?

20. How long does NINDS recommend before a patient is admitted to a monitored bed?

21. When does the "clock start ticking" for the window of opportunity in starting fibrinolytic therapy?

22. How long do you have to start fibrinolytic therapy after the "clock starts ticking"?

23. Why should every emergency room strive to fulfill the NINDS in-hospital goals?

24. What are the signs of a possible stroke?

25. What are the advantages of transporting a patient to the hospital via EMS?

26. What role do emergency medical dispatchers play in timely care of potential stroke patients?

27. What is the CPSS?

28. What does the CCPS do?

29. With appropriate training, what level of paramedic sensitivity does the CCPS have?

30. How do you test for facial droop?

31. When testing for facial droop, what is an abnormal finding?

32. How do you test for arm drift?

33. When testing for arm drift, what is an abnormal finding?

34. Would both arms drifting the same be a positive finding for arm drift?

35. How do you test for abnormal speech?

36. How do you identify abnormal speech?

37. What is the probability of stroke when 1 out of 3 CPSS signs is abnormal?

38. What is the probability of stroke when 3 out of 3 CPSS signs are abnormal?

39. What is the NIHSS?

40. How does NIHSS differ from others?

41. What do the numbers mean?

42. How do you score the NIHSS? Click here

43. Is the NIHSS used by EMS providers?

44. What does the "P" in CPSS stand for?

45. When do you give supplemental oxygen to potential stroke victims?

46. What is time zero of the onset of stroke symptoms?

47. When the patient awakes with the symptoms, how do you establish time zero?

48. When transporting the patient, what is important for EMS to bring along concerning time zero?

49. Why is it important to have a firm time for time zero?

50. When should you check a glucose level by finger stick?

51. Concerning stroke patients, what should every hospital with an emergency department have?

52. What should be done during the immediate general assessment and stabilization?

53. When you obtains IV access, what are the labs that should be ordered?

54. Which is most urgent: Obtaining IV access and labs or obtaining a CT of the head?

55. Which is most urgent: Obtaining an EKG or obtaining a CT of the head?

56. When should you treat hypoglycemia?

57. Once the patient is at the hospital which neurologic screening tool should you use?

58. In a given hospital, how should a stroke patient be managed?

59. What is the minimum amount of time that a stroke patient have cardiac monitoring?

60. Why is cardiac monitoring needed in a stroke patient?



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