Using the mnemonic ‘brain attack’ in the management of acute stroke
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Using the mnemonic ‘brain attack’ in the management of acute stroke

Anne Rowat Lecturer in nursing studies, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh
Barbara Steele Lecturer in nursing studies, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh
Billie Morrow Charge nurse, Acute Stroke Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

In the acute phase of stroke, the brain is particularly vulnerable to complications, which may reduce the potential for neuronal recovery and the success of rehabilitation. Nurses are best placed to provide early and rapid intervention following stroke to save lives and reduce the damage caused. This article outlines common problems in the acute phase of stroke and uses the mnemonic ‘brain attack’ to help guide nurses in the management of patients with stroke.

Nursing Standard. 24, 6, 50-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.10.24.6.50.c7324

Correspondence

a.rowat@napier.ac.uk

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