Abstract TP395: Completing Stroke Education Requirements for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

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Background: The Joint Commission outlines requirements for Comprehensive Stroke Centers (CSC) which includes 8 hours of stroke education for staff providing care to the complex stroke patient. This requirement was initially a hurdle due to unit budgets and staff time constraints. Innovation in providing types, methods and variety of stroke education helped bridge the gap and enabled a wide range of learning types to complete the education requirements and improve the care of the complex stroke patient.Methods: Stroke education was provided and tracked using an electronic learning management system (eLMS). Evidenced based stroke articles and guidelines were selected by stroke team leadership based upon a needs assessment completed by unit staff. Stroke lectures were recorded and added on targeted topics for new research evidence including the 2015 AHA/ASA Focused Update of the 2013 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke Regarding Endovascular Treatment. Questions were developed to validate learning from the modules. Webinars and live sessions were offered in 1-4 hour time blocks as requested by staff and administrators limiting overtime for unit staff working 36 hours per pay period. A variety of staff were educated included nursing, social workers, care managers, radiology technicians, nursing assistants, and administrators.Results: Stroke education was provided to over 300 staff members in a flexible manner that included multiple learning styles, shifts and types of professionals to fulfill the requirements of providing 8 hours of stroke education annually at a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center with minimal stress on unit budgets.Conclusion: Pertinent stroke education was provided to professional staff using multiple approaches, tracked by the hospital’s eLMS program thus improving stroke quality metric, staff understanding of those metrics and contributed to a successful CSC certification and recertification.

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