Okay, so let's wrap up this ER visit video.
Remember the top priority in ER
is maintain airway, breathing,
and circulation stability.
Your job as an ER nurse is
to watch that at all times.
When a patient comes in with
a suspected stroke,
your job is to assess it quickly and
get them to CAT scan in a hurry.
Now, look at the FAST screening tool.
Make sure you're familiar with that.
We want to educate our patients about it
and their families to recognize the signs,
but it works great for an ER nurse, too.
If you suspect a stroke, remember,
time is tissue.
So, again, I want to emphasize our role as
nurses is to identify it as early as possible,
so we can get them to CT,
rule out whether it's bleeding or hemorrhage
or it's an ischemic stroke.
You want to carefully screen
that patient for the risk of
bleeding before you give that thrombolytic.
Also, don't forget, we've got
to give it within that short,
4-hour window period of time.
So, don't give up on practicing
that SBAR and communicating.
Practice that and practice that and practice
that. It is one of the best ways
to build a strong professional relationship
when you're starting to practice nursing,
that you give information in clear,
concise, and objective manners.
Thank you for watching our video today.