StrokePatients present with acute strokes to the Emergency Department. Time is of the essence to obtain a rapid neurologic exam, draw labs, get CT imaging, and consulting a neurologist especially if the patient presents within 3 hours of onset. To help the neurologist determine whether the patient should get thrombolytics, calculating a NIH Stroke Scale score is useful.w

In this installment of the Paucis Verbis (In a Few Words) e-card series, here is the NIHSS scoresheet.

Score 0No stroke
Score 1-4Minor stroke
Score 5-15Moderate stroke
Score 16-20Moderate-severe stroke
Score 21+Severe stroke

PV Card: NIH Stroke Scale


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Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
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