Dealing with Neurologic Emergencies

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Instructor: Deborah H. Allen

Length: 2 - 6 hours [Program can be expanded or shortened depending on needs.]

This session will provide the learner with knowledge to use key assessment skills to identify rapidly changing neurological symptoms. Emergency neurological conditions will be discussed in order to prepare the nurse to intervene rapidly. Trends in neurological emergency management as well as treatment updates will be addressed.

    At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Describe normal neurological anatomy, circulation, and the general organization of the central nervous system.
  • Identify and perform key assessment activities that are used to evaluate rapidly changing neurological symptoms.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of and emergency interventions associated with a stroke and a transient ischemic attack.
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of and emergency interventions associated with traumatic head and spinal injuries.
  • Review vectors of transmission for common neurological infectious diseases observed in North Carolina and appropriate treatment.
  • Describe the risk factors, signs and symptoms of and emergency interventions associated with seizures.

Audience: For RNs, LPNs and emergency management personnel.