Module Acute Stroke Management: Contemporary Perspectives

Course details

Direct Entry

April 2017

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The aim of this module is to explore the contemporary perspectives of acute stroke management.

You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.

Macroscopic and microscopic structure of cerebral hemispheres, cerebellum, brainstem, limbic system, cranial nerves, neuronal pathways, clinical presentation of acute cerebral event, cerebral circulation, cerebral metabolism, cerebral ischaemia - aetiology and pathophysiology, intracranial haemodynamics, principles of initial acute stroke assessment and management, diagnostics: neuro imaging, modalities and interpretation, implementation of local and national guidelines, thrombolysis: principles and practice, role of multidisciplinary team in acute stroke assessment and management.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Critically explore the macroscopic and microscopic structure and function of the brain
  • Critically examine the initial presentation of acute stroke with respect to neuroanatomy and intracranial dynamics
  • Critically discuss the role of the health professional in the diagnosis and early intervention of acute stroke in line with evidence based protocol
  • Critically examine the role and responsibilities of the multidisciplinary team in the initial assessment, stabilisation and contemporary management of the client presenting with acute stroke

Indicative core bibliography

  • Department of Health (2007) National Stroke Strategy. London, DH.
  • Fitzgerald MIT, Folan-Curran J, Tibbitts R, Richardson P (2001) Clinical Neuroanatomy & Related Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical.
  • Mark F, Connors B, Paradiso M (2006) Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain.
  • National Audit Office (2005) Reducing Brain Damage: Faster access to better stroke care. London, NAO.
  • National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2008) CG68 Stroke: NICE guideline: 23 July 2008. Stroke: Diagnosis & Initial Management of Acute Stroke & Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA).
  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) (27 June 2007): TA122 Alteplase for the treatment of ischaemic stroke (acute): guidance.
  • Royal College of Physicians (July 2008) National Clinical Guideline for Stroke (3rd ed). RCP Publications
  • Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) (Dec 2008) SIGN 108: Management of patients with Stroke or TIA: Assessment, Investigation, Immediate Management and Secondary Prevention: A National Clinical Guideline
  • Uchino K, Pary J, Grotta J (2007) Acute Stroke Care. Cambridge University Press.
  • Warlow C, Sandercock P, Hanley G, Gijn JV (2008) Stroke: Practical Management.
Programme specification (PDF)

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.

Selection criteria

You should have experience within and / or access to the acute stroke setting. You must participate in the formative components of the module in order to successfully pass the module.

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This module can be studied as part of the University Advanced Diploma (UAD) Practice Development: Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation.

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