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Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, ranking behind “diseases of the heart” and all forms of cancer (American Stroke Association, 2007). It is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. Despite these statistics, there is poor knowledge among both the general community and health care professionals about the nature of stroke, signs and symptoms of a stroke, and what to do in the event of a stroke. Early treatment is crucial in maximizing the benefit of stroke intervention. The purpose of this evidence-based project (EBP) at PSMH was to establish clinical practice on the best utilization of scientific guidelines and improve outcomes on patients who come into the hospital with a diagnosis of acute stroke or transient ischemic attack.


D.N.P. dissertation completed in 2010 for Valparaiso University.