Identifying Large Vessel Occlusion (LVO) Strokes With Rapid Arterial oCclusion Evaluation (RACE) With New Jersey Specifics

Over the last decade, tremendous advancements have been made in endovascular intervention for acute ischemic stroke. Stent retrieval has been established as the most appropriate care for select patients suffering from large vessel occlusion, or LVO, stroke. As a result, early recognition of LVO stroke in the prehospital setting has become a priority for EMS systems around the world. Several severity-based stroke assessment scales have emerged in response to this need. The Rapid Arterial Occlusion Evaluation (RACE) Stroke Severity Scale was developed deliberately for EMS providers to predict LVO strokes in the field. This course describes how to apply the steps of the RACE scale and lists key priorities in stroke patient assessment and care by EMS. While the content of this course is appropriate for a National audience, the last section of the course covers background and practices specific to stroke care in New Jersey.

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