Essay about The Code Stroke Of Action
University of San Diego
MEPN 560 April 6,2015
Code Stroke in Action The clock just struck 0752 in room five of the Emergency Department when the medics called in. They reported that they had an eighty-two year-old female, who had initials K.R., demonstrating left sided facial droop and aphasia. According to the ACLS stroke scale, if one has facial droop, difficulty speaking or arm drift they are 72% likely to have a stroke (Carl). Her last known time of baseline was at 1920 the previous night. Because strokes can lead to permanent damage of the brain it is vital that quick and smart action is taken. Delaying emergency care for the patient could lead to lifetime disability and possibly death. It is known that in the United States, strokes are the cause of nearly 130,000 deaths each year (Stroke Statistics). This case study will take a closer look at the risk factors for strokes, the anatomy and physiology of strokes, and the education about and the prevention of strokes.
Patient demographic, stroke anatomy, physiology and diagnostic tools: Stroke is caused by an interruption of the circulation of blood to the brain. They can either be classified as a hemorrhagic stroke or an ischemic stroke (Urden, Stacy & Lough 649). Hemorrhagic strokes, which are also termed as subarachnoid hemorrage, are normally the result of a cerebral aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation. Hypertension, smoking, alcohol and stimulant use…