Continuing Professional Development: Stroke and transient ischaemic attack—risk factors, identification and asessment

OverviewThis Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module will outline key factors in acute stroke assessment in adults, risk factors associated with strokes, and provide an overview of a provisional diagnosis and an outline of current treatment for acute stroke. While specific stroke treatments are outside the remit of paramedic and pre-hospital practice, similarities do exist in the treatment for acute myocardial infarction: time is of the essence. Therefore a brief overview of the current treatment for ischaemic stroke, such as thrombolysis and thrombectomy, will be the focus of this module.Learning OutcomesAfter completing this module you should be able to:Identify and be aware of the key risk factors in acute stroke.Outline the key stroke mimics and differential diagnosis.Understand the importance of a targeted assessment.Provide an overview of treatment for acute stroke.

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