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Diagnostic Error and Stroke (1 credit Video)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Physicians of all specialties caring for patient who may be at risk for stroke. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: May 9, 2012
Review Date: July 20, 2016
Expiration Date: July 31, 2018

Description: 800,000 American are diagnosed with stroke every year. Despite a steep decline in mortality since the 1960’s, stroke is still the 3rd leading cause of death, and it remains the leading cause of serious disability. Stroke is an unfolding event with many different presentations. There is a significant rate of delayed diagnosis of stroke in patients presenting to the ED, and as neurologist David Newman-Toker explains, “Time is Brain”. He will discuss the cognitive factors and the types of presentations that contribute to delayed diagnosis, and he will present practical ways of reducing diagnostic error in stroke.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion, participants should be able to:
A. State three red flags found on physical examination that should alert the physician to stroke.
B. Describe three presentations that are most often associated with missed or delayed diagnosis of stroke.
C. Identify the appropriate imaging study to order for suspected intracranial hemorrhage, suspected ischemic stroke, and the appropriate examination for suspected TIA.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 5 out of 7 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' . $this->title . ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology



State Requirements:
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety

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Disclosure:  The speaker, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Speaker: David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD  - Read full bio

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2012

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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