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Pandemic Guidance for Stroke Centers Aiding COVID-19 Treatment Teams

By Currents Editor posted 09-02-2020 07:30


Stroke (08/20) Vol. 51, No. 8: 2587–2592 doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.120.030749
Wira, Charles R.; Goyal, Mayank; Southerland, Andrew M; et al. 

The Stroke Nursing Science Subcommittee of the AHA/ASA Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council has issued guidance for stroke centers providing assistance to healthcare systems strained by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Stroke centers have clinical and procedural expertise, as well as resources to help in the COVID pandemic,” write the authors. The guidance includes discussions of how various clinical staff at stroke centers — including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician associates, neuro-intensivists, neuro-hospitalists, stroke/vascular neurologists, and interventionists — can help with pandemic staffing issues. In addition, there is guidance on how stroke centers can operationally assist other parts of the healthcare system, both now and during future crises. Key to any such plans are staff safety and patient safety. Additionally, as policies and procedures may shift rapidly during a pandemic, there must be clear communication between front-line providers and leaders of the stroke centers and hospitals. The authors stress the need to provide support “in a way that allows for the continued operation of a fully capable stroke center, with the ability to adjust if stroke center volume or staff attrition requires,” noting that such interdisciplinary collaboration can help with future crises as well.


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