Acute Stroke Action Program (ASAP)

 

get_involvedJoin the Acute Stroke Action Program (ASAP), an opportunity for WUMS 1s and 2s to carry the acute stroke pager for 1-2 weeks and race to the ED along with the stroke team to observe the hyperacute management of patients experiencing a stroke. Students will be able to go about their regular daily routine and only run to the ED when a potential candidate for thrombolytic therapy (tPA) arrives and the stroke pager is activated. This occurs 0-4 times per day, averaging out to once a day. Students who live close enough could come in for night pages too if desired. For patients who are found to have a proximal thrombus and are taken to the angiography suite for mechanical clot retrieval, interested students could observe the intervention from just outside the room, where everything is visible, including real-time angiographic images.

ASAPLearning objectives of the program:

  1. Recognize historical features, exam findings, and imaging findings of acute stroke.
  2. Explain how eligibility for tPA administration and mechanical thrombectomy in acute stroke is determined.
  3. Observe/calculate the NIH Stroke Scale as it is performed in a patient with acute stroke.
  4. Describe how consent to administer tPA is obtained.
  5. Appraise the acute stroke treatment process and identify factors that introduced delays.

 

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Interested?

Then come to the introductory meeting – Wednesday, September 7th at 1:30pm in 207 FLTC!  We are so excited that all available spots have been filled for this year!  

Please RSVP to Chrissy McIntosh at c.mcintosh@wustl.edu

 

Helpful Information for ASAP Program Participants:

2016/2017 ASAP Pager Schedule

ASAP Instructions

ASAP Orientation Assessment Refresher

NIH Stroke Scale

On-line NIHSS Training

Pager User Guide

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