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Advances in Stroke Care
Advances in Stroke Care


When:  Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

52-year-old John presents to the ER reporting that he has a headache that just doesn't go away and his vision is a little blurry. He is sure it is just another sinus infection. As you are taking his history, you notice he is slurring some of his words and suddenly he slumps over. Are you prepared for the emergency that is happening right in front of you?

Patients may present with or develop neurological symptoms at any time, making it essential that healthcare providers possess the ability - and the confidence - to quickly assess these changes and intervene appropriately. Stroke patients have a short window for treatment and they depend on your expertise. Join Cedric McKoy for this in-depth look at the advances in stroke management. Every nurse needs to know these critical concepts in order to provide the best and most up-to-date care to patients and their families. Cedric is well known for his ability to make complex concepts understandable and provides useful tips and tools you can immediately put into practice. Register today and be prepared to make the difference between a good and bad outcome when faced with your next stroke emergency.
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Summarize the latest clinical advances in stroke assessment and treatment.
  2. Describe the rationale behind acute perfusion strategies, including the indications and contraindications with t-PA and Mechanical Clot retrieval.
  3. Explain the role of a Stroke Rapid Response Team.
  4. Demonstrate a focused neurological exam for the patient potentially experiencing a stroke.
  5. Compare ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes.
  6. Develop a plan of care for a patient in the hyper-acute stage of stroke treatment.
Program Outline

  • Stroke Prevention Updates
    • Guidelines for Modifiable Risk Factors
    • Hypertension Recommendations
    • Cardiac Connections
    • Obesity Epidemic
    • Are We Making Progress?
  • Challenges of the Neuro Exam
    • Determining Mental Status
    • Cranial Nerve Assessment Key Findings
    • Differentiating the Cause When Seconds Count
    • NIHSS Guidelines
    • Stroke Rapid Response Teams
  • Identifying Stroke Mimics and Chameleons
    • Interpreting Imaging & Other Diagnostics
    • Metabolic Problems
    • Central Nervous System Problems
    • Psychiatric Disorders
    • Migraine Headaches
  • Acute Stroke Care
    • The Stroke Timeline
    • Critical History Questions
    • Hyper-Acute Care Standards
    • Time Targets for Triage
    • Key Diagnostics
    • Acute Blood Pressure Management
  • Ischemic Strokes
    • Thrombotic Strokes
    • Major Symptoms by Region
    • Hypercoagulable Work-up
    • Embolic Strokes
    • Symptoms by Arterial Involvement
  • Current Management Strategies
    • Joint Commission Core Measures
    • Fluid Management
    • Seizure Management
    • Intra-Arterial t-PA
    • Stenting
    • Therapeutic Hypothermia
    • Compressive Craniectomy
    • Mechanical Clot Retrieval
    • MERCI Retriever
    • Treatments on the Horizon
    • AANN Guidelines & Expected Outcomes
  • Hemorrhagic Strokes
    • Latest Clinical Treatment Advances
    • Managing Increased Intracranial Pressure
    • Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
    • Grading Scales
  • Limiting Complications of Stroke
    • Controversial Therapies
    • Nursing Responsibilities
    • New Technology Improving Outcomes
  • Stroke Medication from A to Z
    • Anticoagulants
    • Antihypertensives
    • Glycemic Control
    • Neurostimulants
    • Thrombolytics
    • Clinical Trials on the Horizon
  • Expanding the Role of the Primary Stroke Center
    • The Transition to Comprehensive Stroke Centers
    • Best Demonstrated Practices
    • Updates & Improvements More than a Decade Later


Cedric McKoy is a neuro-intensive care nurse practitioner and the Associate Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC). UCMC serves close to 500 stroke patients annually and includes a neurointensive care unit for patients with ICH, ischemic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries, myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.

As an acute care nurse practitioner, Cedric works with a team of neuro-intensivists to assess and develop care plans for ICU patients, as well as providing hospital wide consultation for neuro patients. In his role as the Stroke Center Coordinator, Cedric trains critical care nurses and is responsible for TJC data collection for the hospital's stroke patient population. He also contributed to the development of the Stroke Management Guidelines for the UCMC.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Loyola University-Chicago, Cedric is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Stroke Association and the Stroke Action Alliance.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cedric McKoy is the Stroke Center Coordinator for The University of Chicago Medical Center. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Cedric McKoy has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. PARTIAL CONTACT HOURS WILL BE AWARDED FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.

This program offers 120 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 2.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board.

This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 6.25 hours of clinical Category I CME credit by the American Academy of Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

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