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Management of ischemic stroke: Part 1. Emergency room management

Authors

  • Christine Lu-Emerson MD,

    1. Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
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  • David Likosky MD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Stroke Center, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
    2. Clinical Faculty, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    • Stroke Center, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
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  • Alpesh Amin MD, MBA, FACP,

    1. Department of Medicine, Hospitalist Program, University of California, Irvine, California
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  • David Tirschwell MD, MSc

    1. Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    2. University of Washington (UW) Medicine Stroke Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
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  • Disclosure: Nothing to report.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Acute ischemic stroke is commonly encountered by the hospitalist. There have been dramatic changes in our ability to care for these patients acutely. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) primary stroke center certification has become progressively more important to institutions nationally and includes many aspects of initial evaluation and treatment.

PURPOSE:

Acute treatment involves the rapid assimilation of patient characteristics, laboratory results, and imaging results. There are a growing number of potential acute therapies with a range of risk, benefit, necessary time windows, and specific eligibility criteria.

DATA SOURCES:

Primary trials, current guidelines.

CONCLUSIONS:

The hospitalist is well-positioned to play a major role in the treatment of stroke patients as well as the systems work that aids in the management of this population. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2010;5:33–40. © 2010 Society of Hospital Medicine.

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