NIH STROKE SCALE
Participation and Successful Completion Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following: (1) Register and view the course online. Click each active link beginning with General Information & Course Completion Instructions to progress through the course. Click the “Play Video” button to watch the instruction videos, patient demonstrations, and patient scenarios within the test. (2) Complete the activity test group (3) Complete the evaluation survey (4) Print your CME/CE Certificate from your own printer. The link to the CME/CE “Professional Education Center” website is learn.heart.org
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION The NIH Stroke Scale Training Program is designed to allow healthcare providers to return to the course after designated time intervals to refresh their skills and demonstrate their continued mastery of this tool by successfully assessing a series of test scenarios. Each of these test groups is equivalent in size and scope, but the scenarios in each test group are different in order to assure mastery of the scale over time. Once a test group is successfully completed, that series of test scenarios should not be repeated and you will be allowed to advance to the next test group. A CME/CE certificate may be claimed only once per test group, however, the certificate may be printed as many times as needed. The date within the certificate will reflect the date the certificate was originally claimed and printed.
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How Does This Program Work? If you are a first time participant and have not previously set up a personal account you may create one by clicking into the "Register" link. Make sure to register with a valid e-mail address as registering with an invalid e-mail will cause delays during the program. If you are a returning participant and need to complete your annual certification simply log in by using your initially registered and valid e-mail address and the password.
The program consists of: Instruction, Demonstration, and Certification. The certification course modules feature six groups, Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E and Group F. Each Group contains six (6) patients. The evaluation of one complete group is considered sufficient for a course completion certificate. Unless otherwise advised, you will normally begin with Test Group A. Then, you may use the additional tests to renew your course completion certificate, usually required between six or twelve months after you have taken and successfully completed the previous Test Group.
After you have successfully completed and passed each test group, you will automatically be able to view and print your certificate of course completion and CME/CE certificate where applicable. At six-to-twelve month intervals, you should return to review the training and test yourself using a new group of certification patients.
Your certificates of course completion will be documented and archived on the site for you to access at any time. If you do not successfully complete the test, you may go back and review the training and retake the exam.
Test group A is valid for one year, but renewable at 6 months, if desired. Likewise, the remaining test groups are valid for 24 months, but renewable after 12 months because most institutions require yearly certifications
NIHSS Course Module Intervals
After passing Group A, you should wait 6 months before taking Group B
After passing Group B, you should wait 12 months before taking Group C
Each additional module thereafter will follow the same 12 month interval
Group A – Group B = 6 month interval
Group B – Group C = 12 month interval
Group C – Group D =12 month interval
Group D – Group E = 12 month interval
Group E – Group F = 12 month interval
Target Audience The target audiences for this program are emergency physicians, neurologists, nurses, clinical researchers and medical students.
Description The NIH Stroke Scale is a critical component of acute stroke assessment. The American Stroke Association, in conjunction with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has developed this CME/CE certified, online training program for healthcare professionals to learn or review how to administer the NIH Stroke Scale for acute stroke assessment.
Learning Objectives At the completion of this online course, the learner will be able to:
Faculty Walter J. Koroshetz, MD
Patrick Lyden, MD
Wade S. Smith, MD, PhD
Dawn Kleindorfer, MD
Timothy J. Shephard, RN, MSN, CNRN, CNS
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: August 23, 2004
TERMINATION DATE: March 31, 2022
LAST REVIEW DATE: March 2018
JOINT ACCREDITATION TERM: 03/31/2018 – 03/31/2022
JOINT ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
AMA Credit Designation Statement - Physicians The American Heart Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AAPA Credit Acceptance Statement – Physician Assistants AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.00 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.
AANP Credit Acceptance Statement – Nurse Practitioners American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
ANCC Credit Designation Statement - Nurses The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 2.00 contact hours.
Disclosure Policy All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities provided by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE-certified content of this activity. In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.
Steps for Successful Completion To successfully complete this activity, learners must rate a test group of 3 patients by applying the scale in case-based scenarios. No more than 6 items in a test group may be rated incorrectly in order to pass. In addition, learners must provide feedback that will be used for evaluative and outcomes measurement purposes. Learners will be required to provide evaluative feedback before CME/CE credit can be claimed.
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Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity It is estimated that this activity will take 2.00 hours to complete
Consultant/ Advisory Board
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Walter J. Koroshetz, MD
Patrick Lyden, MD
Wade S. Smith, MD, PhD
Dawn Kleindorfer MD
Timothy J. Shephard, RN, MSN, CNRN, CNS (resigned Sept. 2008)
This table represents the relationships of this educational activity’s faculty members that may be perceived as actual or reasonable perceived conflicts of interest as reported on the Disclosure Questionnaire which all AHA volunteers are required to complete and submit. The focus is on relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content.
Unlabeled/Unapproved Uses of Drugs or Devices There was no discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices in this activity.
Medium This activity is an online video.
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