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Acute Care for Management of Stroke

presented by Karen McCain, PT, DPT, NCS

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Almost 800,000 persons have strokes each year in the United States. Given the scope of this diagnosis, efforts are always ongoing to determine the most effective treatments for persons immediately after stroke. In this course, we will discuss what the literature reveals about the most effective medical management after acute stroke. We will also examine the studies on early mobilization after stroke to determine when it is safe and most effective to begin therapy. In addition, we will discuss pusher syndrome (or contraversive pushing), a problem that immediately impacts mobilization efforts after stroke.

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Karen McCain, PT, DPT, NCS

Dr. McCain received a BS in physical therapy from UT Southwestern in 1992 and a doctorate in physical therapy from Regis University in 2006. She is board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist. She has been teaching at the university level since 1998 and recently retired from a…

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1. Medical Management in Acute Stroke

This chapter covers the incidence, prevalence, and prognosis after stroke, as well as factors associated with length of stay and discharge destination after stroke. Medical complications after stroke and basic medical management in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke will also be reviewed.

2. Early Mobilization After Stroke

In this chapter, we will define “early mobilization” as described in the literature and review several studies that have examined outcomes in persons who were mobilized very early after stroke. We will also discuss the clinical implications of these studies.

3. Contraversive Pushing in Stroke

This chapter will define contraversive pushing and briefly explain the pathophysiology of this problem. In addition, we will discuss the clinical presentation of contraversive pushing as well as outcome measures. Finally, we will review prognosis and evidence-based treatments for this impairment.

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