Recognize Subtle Stroke Signs: Quick Action Saves Brain

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): Deborah R Summers, MSN, ACNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA

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Webinar Summary

New interventions to treat acute stroke are most effective when applied early after symptom onset. Acutely ill patients are at risk for stroke and may have other conditions or treatments that make assessment of stroke symptoms challenging. Nurses who recognize acute stroke symptoms early can take action to preserve patients’ functional status.  

In this webinar, Deborah Summers will use case vignettes to illustrate the symptoms of acute stroke and how they correlate with neuroanatomy. Priorities in the management of stroke in acutely ill patients will be identified. Treatment options and systems of care that support rapid intervention will also be discussed. This webinar will be 45 minutes long.


  • Correlate neurological signs to the areas of the brain affected by acute stroke
  • Identify priorities in caring for high acuity patients who experience stroke
  • Describe systems of care that facilitate rapid intervention to address acute stroke


Deborah R Summers, MSN, ACNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA

Deborah R Summers, MSN, ACNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA

Debbie Summers is the stroke outcomes research advanced practice nurse at Saint Luke’s in Kansas City Mo. . Her research focuses on a decision aid model for administration of rt-PA. Debbie is a nursing leader, locally and nationally, in the advancement of nursing care of patients with acute stroke. Locally, she coordinated the development of Kansas City Saint Luke’s Stroke program and served as the Stroke Program Coordinator for 20 years. Nationally, she lectures extensively and is widely published on the topic of acute stroke. She served as a member of the American Heart Association’s Ischemic Stroke Guideline group which authored national clinical practice guidelines. In 2013, Debbie and other members of the Stroke Nursing Task Force received AHA’s Award of Meritorious Achievement for their work on stroke guidelines and education.

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