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“Thrombolytic Therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke: Time Is Brain – How to Move the Needle on Door-to-Needle”

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“Thrombolytic Therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke: Time Is Brain – How to Move the Needle on Door-to-Needle”

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“Time is brain”: the sooner intravenous thrombolytic therapy is initiated after ischemic stroke, the more likely it is to be beneficial. Eligible patients should be treated as quickly as possible within the appropriate three or 4.5 hour time limit. Current guidelines recommend that the elapsed time to the start of thrombolytic therapy should be less than or equal to 60 minutes from the time the patient arrives in the emergency department. In-hospital treatment delays can occur with the required steps to include/exclude patients from thrombolytic therapy. This presentation will include real-world case presentations and strategies to implement to decrease door-to-needle time, saving brain tissue.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. List the current inclusion and exclusion criteria for intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) utilization in acute ischemic stroke according to current American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association guidelines
  2. Discuss relevant clinical information for dosing and administering tPA in acute ischemic stroke
  3. Describe strategies implemented to decrease the door-to-needle time to the goal of less than 60 minutes upon arrival in the Emergency Department


Alissa Rich, PharmD, MBA, HCA North Florida Division Director of Clinical Pharmacy

Robyn Stakley, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

There is no cost for the program.

Target audience: Pharmacy

Continuing Education Credit for live 10/12/17 program only:

  • Pharmacy: Belmont University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0863-9999-17-062-L04-P. The activity is approved for 1 hour (.1 CEUs) of continuing education credit to pharmacists who attend the webinar and complete the online evaluation.