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Acute Stroke Care: A Manual from the University of Texas - by Ken Uchino

By Ken Uchino

You've got simply encountered a potential stroke sufferer. You wonder, what should still I do first? How do i do know it's a stroke? Is it too overdue to opposite the wear? How do I do definitely the right issues within the correct order? This e-book might help you solution those severe questions. It offers functional recommendation at the care of stroke sufferers in quite a number acute settings. As new and potent remedies turn into to be had, and targeted stroke facilities are created, this guidebook may help tell the healthcare execs answerable for providing care. The content material is prepared in chronological order, protecting the issues to contemplate in assessing and treating the sufferer within the emergency division, the stroke unit, after which on move to a rehabilitation facility. every kind of stroke are coated. A complete set of appendices include helpful reference info together with dosing algorithms, conversion elements and stroke scales.

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Door to needle time: goal is <40 minutes, maximum is 60 minutes. n Dose . 9 mg/kg up to a maximum of 90 mg total. 10% given as IV bolus over 1 minute. remaining 90% infused over 1 hour. Note: Only TPA has been approved for the treatment of stroke. Other drugs that may be given to patients with MI may not be used for stroke. These include reteplase (Retavase), tenecteplase (TNKase, Metalyse), streptokinase (Streptase). Make sure to double-check the name of the drug because there are some hospitals that may not carry TPA.

N TPA indications . Age 18 or older – There are no data to guide treatment in children. However, there are case reports of older children being treated with TPA using adult criteria. Clinical diagnosis of ischemic stroke causing a measurable neurological deficit – Stroke must be of more than minimal 33 TPA protocol 34 n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n severity (in almost all cases, NIH stroke scale score ! 3). ’’ . Onset of stroke symptoms well established to be less than 180 minutes (3 hours) before treatment would begin – We have addressed the importance of establishing the time of onset in Chapter 2.

7 or known bleeding diathesis – We are a little more conservative than published guidelines about the INR level that would allow treatment with IV TPA. In the NINDS trial, the cutoff used was a prothrombin time (PT) of 15 seconds. There is debate as to what INR level correlates with this level of PT. 7 or higher. 6. We send patients with INRs above this level to intra-arterial mechanical clot removal (see below). n Relative contraindications . Seizure at the onset of stroke – Patients with seizures were excluded from the initial studies of TPA because they made it difficult to assess how much of the neurologic deficit was due to the seizure and how much due to the stroke.

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