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Care Team Opportunities for Impact: Cardiac Monitoring and Cryptogenic Stroke


Original Program Date: March 31, 2015
Estimated time: 1 hour     

 

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This activity is jointly provided by Medical Education Resources and National Stroke Association.

Accreditation for this program has expired and this program is for informational purposes only.

Program Overview

Stroke nurse coordinators play an influential role on the stroke care team and frequently have the opportunity to act as patient advocates in the hospital setting. As such, they are in a unique position to champion cardiac monitoring as an important tool for diagnosing root cause with cryptogenic stroke. Roughly 30-40% of first time strokes are cryptogenic, or due to unknown cause. It is necessary to establish the cause of stroke to determine functional prognosis, decrease the risk of future strokes, and select appropriate preventative care.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of Care Team Opportunities for Impact: Cardiac Monitoring and Cryptogenic Stroke activity is to narrow the gap between knowledge and practice with respect to the tools available for diagnosing the root cause of a cryptogenic stroke and the opportunities to use these tools, specifically cardiac monitoring, for the benefit of individual patient outcomes.

Goals and Learning Objectives

The goal of the Care Team Opportunities for Impact: Cardiac Monitoring and Cryptogenic Stroke activity is to educate healthcare professionals, specifically stroke nurse coordinators, on the importance of cardiac monitoring as a tool for diagnosing the cause of a cryptogenic stroke.

Through participation in this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between cryptogenic stroke and atrial fibrillation
  • Discuss different types of cardiac monitoring and define which patients might benefit
  • Identify points at which cardiac monitoring is appropriate during course of treatment
  • Report greater confidence in recommending diagnostic tests to monitor and test for atrial fibrillation

Target Audience

The Care Team Opportunities for Impact: Cardiac Monitoring and Cryptogenic Stroke activity is targeted at stroke nurse coordinators.

Medical Education Resources is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This CE activity provides 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education.

Medical Education Resources is a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299, for 1 contact hour.

For questions regarding this activity, please contact Medical Education Resources or National Stroke Association.


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Content Developed and Presented By

Mouhammad A. Jumaa, MD
Neurologist
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio

Kelley Joseph, RN, BSN, CNRN
Stroke Coordinator
ProMedica Health System
Toledo, Ohio

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Faculty Disclosures

The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this CME activity:

Name of Faculty

Reported Financial Relationship

Mouhammad A. Jumaa, MD  

No financial relationship to disclose

Kelley Joseph, BSN, RN, CNRN  

Medtronic, Inc. and Get With The Guidelines (GWTG)

The content managers reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

Name of Content Managers

Reported Financial Relationship

Denise Taylor, National Stroke Association

No financial relationship to disclose

MER content managers

No financial relationship to disclose

Disclaimer

The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources, National Stroke Association, and/or Medtronic, Inc. The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Medical Education Resources, National Stroke Association and/or Medtronic, Inc.Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

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The Care Team Opportunities for Impact: Cardiac Monitoring and Cryptogenic Stroke activity is supported by an educational grant from Medtronic, Inc.
 

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