Nursing

Stroke education for patient care technicians

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), November 1, 2009

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Designation as a stroke center requires that all clinical and nonclinical hospital employees receive training on how to recognize a stroke and take appropriate actions. Why do nonclinical staff members need stroke education? A security officer, for example, might encounter a patient or family member exhibiting behaviors consistent with stroke. The officer must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and how to promptly summon qualified patient care providers.
Direct patient care providers need more in-depth education, depending on their roles and the amount of care they provide to stroke patients.

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