May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP 
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

The CDC reports that after decades of decline, progress has slowed in preventing stroke deaths. Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke in the US. Almost 800,000 people have a stroke each year, more than 140,000 die and many survivors face disability. This is disturbing because about 80% of strokes are preventable.

Download this CDC handout to learn how your team can improve how it helps people at risk for stroke and help those who have had a stroke.

Also, Briggs has a Patient Education Guide to help you, your team and the residents you care for understand strokes and the treatments following a stroke. Share it with their families and representatives as well.

Patient Education Guide: Stroke (#8125)

The guide covers:

  • Understanding Stroke
  • Incidence of Stroke 
  • Stroke Risk Factors
  • The Effects of Stroke 
  • Preventing a Recurrent Stroke  
  • Stroke Rehabilitation  
  • Life at Home 
  • Family, Caregivers and Stroke 
  • Survivor and Caregiver Responsibilities  
  • Handling Emergencies 
  • Medical Intervention and Follow-Up

Reducing stroke risk factors and improving the quality of stroke care are needed to continue the decline in stroke deaths.