Patients 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 0||No stroke|
|Score 1-4||Minor stroke|
|Score 5-15||Moderate stroke|
|Score 16-20||Moderate-severe stroke|
|Score 21+||Severe stroke|
PV Card: NIH Stroke Scale
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