Two million brain cells die every minute increasing the risk of permanent brain damage disability or death. When a patient presents with Stroke symptoms, every minute counts! This course involves knowledge and skills around Stroke assessment, treatment and management for nurses during the acute phase and rehabilitation stage.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death worldwide, with over 80 million Strokes worldwide reported each year, and approximately 10,000 Strokes documented in Ireland annually (Irish Heart Foundation 2016). This is predicted to increase 59% by 2035 (Stroke Association 2018, World Health Organization 2016). 116 million years of healthy life is lost worldwide to Stroke related death and disability each year (European Stroke Organisation). Approximately 2 million brain cells die each minute in which stroke is untreated (American Heart Association (2006). Therefore, “Time is Brain” and every minute counts.
Stroke can happen at any age. Approximately 60% of all new Ischaemic Strokes occur in people younger than 70 years of age, with even 7% of people diagnosed were under 44 years of age (Global Stroke Statistics 2014). Furthermore, Stroke applies to every discipline in nursing, from Emergency Nursing to Surgical Nursing. Every patient is at risk of Stroke. It is important for all nurses to obtain the knowledge of Stroke prevention in order to empower patients to reduce the risk of Stroke in the future.
There is currently no formal national training day for Stroke for nurses in Ireland. Therefore, with a combination of an aging population and increasing stroke rates, it is important for all nurses to learn about prompt assessment and treatment in order to reduce permanent disability.