Preparing for Target: Stroke

Updated:Feb 22,2016

                   Target Stroke

              TARGET:  STROKE - The Web Series

This free, accredited web conference series is designed to help hospital providers navigate the road blocks to Target:  Stroke. 

Target: Stroke, a program of the American Stroke Association, was created to help hospital teams improve stroke patient outcomes through door-to-needle (DTN) times of 60 minutes or less. The campaign includes a wealth of resources and tools — provided free of charge — for accomplishing the goal, along with eligibility for public recognition and research participation.

Three web conferences will be scheduled to start September of 2012 and will be hosted by keynote speakers who are professionals in the field of stroke care. 

Target:  Stroke Web Topics/ Keynote Speakers:

September 12, 2012 - The Rapid Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke:  Highlight the evaluation and acute management of stroke.  Hospital perspectives will be shared, such as best practices that have reduced door-to-needle times to less than 60 minutes and the implementation of a rapid triage protocol.

Presented by Laurie Gutmann, MD - Professor and Director WVU Stroke Center, West Virigina University, Morgantown, WV

Replay of Part 1 of our Target Stroke Series may be accessed here

AHA Stroke Talk - Sept. 2012

October 17, 2012 - Best Practices in Reducing Door to Needle Times:  Review evidence-based guidelines for the management of the patient with suspected AIS, including identification of patients who may be eligible for thrombolytic therapy.  Strategies highlighted will include rapid acquisition and interpretation of brain imaging, rapid laboratory testing and rapid access to Intravenous rt-PA.

Presented by Claranne Mathiesen, RN, MSN, CNRN - Stroke Program Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA

Replay of Part 2 of our Target Stroke Series may be accessed here
AHA Stroke Talk - Oct. 2012 

November 14, 2012 - Team Based Approach - Review the importance of the team-based approach, strategies include standardized stroke pathways and protocols which enhance the number of eligible patients treated and reducing time to treatment in stroke.  Review the importance of an interdisciplinary collaborative team for stroke performance.  Additionally, the call will review the use of prompt data feedback to accurately measure and track hospital's door-to-needle times, IV rt-PA treatment rates in eligible patients and performance on other stroke performance/quality measures.  A data-monitoring and feedback system includes using the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Patients Management Tool (PMT).

Presented by John Andrefsky, MD - Medical Director, Stroke Center Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH

Replay of Part 3 of our Target Stroke Series may be accessed here
AHA Stroke Talk - Nov. 2012

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