Neurocritical Care Nursing Management of Stroke
Wandria Dallas, MN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, Editor
A stroke can happen to anyone at any time. Every year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Despite improvements in stroke treatment in the United States, stroke remains the second leading cause of death worldwide. Stroke is also the third-leading cause of death and disability combined. Worldwide, the annual rate of stroke is 15 million. Of these, 3 million die and another 3 million are left permanently disabled. Stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Rapid and effective evaluation, identification, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke are vital in decreasing stroke morbidity and mortality. Stroke is a disease that is 85% preventable.