Abstract 3150: Partnering with Emergency Department Staff Educators Increases the Number of Notifications to the Acute Stroke Research Team
Background: Preparation for the Joint Commission survey to determine Primary Stroke Center Certification requires extensive education of staff in all areas a stroke patient will be during their hospitalization. Research personnel in the Emergency Department (ED) often rely on clinical staff for notification of potential research participants. When present in the treatment area research personnel are notified in person or find potential participants by reviewing a patient’s chief complaint or admitting diagnosis. When outside the treatment area, particularly during times when on call from outside the hospital, the research staff is dependent on notification by clinical staff.
Methods: During the survey preparation, ED staff was educated in care of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patients according to AHA/ASA guidelines. During the formal nursing education research personnel gave short presentations on currently enrolling acute stroke trials and gave instructions on how to reach the research team in the event that a potential study participant entered the ED. Quarterly research reports were given at the Emergency Medicine resident’s conference. Education was given to the nursing and medical staff from October 2010 through July 2011 when the survey took place. The database of the online paging system was reviewed for the time period April 2010 through July 2011. Test, demonstration, non-stroke study and calls from other institutions were deleted from the data set. The remaining calls were divided by the month in which they were placed.
Results: The research team received on average 5 calls per month during the six months prior to the AHA/ASA education. During the education time the research team received on average 9.6 calls per month.
Conclusion: Acute stroke research personnel increase the number of potential patient notifications by participating in ED staff education for the Primary Stroke Center Certification survey.
- © 2012 by American Heart Association, Inc.