Stroke Care Plan



Ref: CP0180

Stroke Care Plan

A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, CVA, occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is disrupted or cut off, causing brain cells to die. There are two main causes, where the blood supply is stopped due to a clot, accounting for over 80% of all cases, or a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts and causes a bleed.

There is also a condition known as a transient ischaemic attack, TIA, where the supply of blood to the brain is temporarily interrupted, causing a mini-stroke. TIAs are often a warning sign that a stroke is coming.

The symptoms following a stroke depend on the area of the brain affected, and the amount of brain tissue, which has been damaged. A stroke can result in numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body, complete or partial loss of voluntary movement and/or sensation, confusion or difficulty in speaking, visual disturbance, dizziness or severe headache.

The Care Plan sets out a clear explanation of the resident’s issue, and will quickly guide the nurse or carer through the process of preparing a comprehensive, individual person centred Care Plan.

Stroke Care Plan Features:

Identifies the signs and symptoms experienced

Details the comprehensive plan of care

Identifies possible complications

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