The urgency of Code Stroke is founded on the rapidly evolving brain injury during acute cerebral infarction, and the time-sensitive effectiveness of thrombolytic therapy. Lay public and Emergency Medical Services awareness can lead to earlier arrival of acute stroke victims in Emergency Departments, increasing the chance of effective thrombolytic therapy. Specially established Stroke Teams at certified Stroke Centers are ideal for raising stroke awareness and optimizing acute therapy to improve outcomes. Stroke Teams ideally should include a diverse group of health care providers, supported by hospital administration, working in concert. Efficient evaluation of acute stroke victims includes urgent assessment with concomitant acquisition of a focused history, a focused physical examination, rapid neuroimaging, and pertinent blood tests. Based on these evaluations a decision can be made whether to recommend thrombolytic therapy. Additional acute therapies are aimed at preventing complications. Code stroke should swiftly transition from the Emergency Department to a specialized Stroke Unit for continued specialized care.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Thrombolytic Therapy for Acute Stroke, Third Edition|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2015|
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