Activity Details

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
1.25 contact hours
Released: April 5, 2019
Expires: April 4, 2020
1.25 hours to complete

Accredited By

This continuing education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is neurologists, cardiologists, nurses, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with acute ischemic stroke.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:


  • Apply recently revised guidelines for the appropriate prehospital management, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with suspected acute ischemic stroke (AIS).
  • Examine current practices for treatment of AIS in patients who present outside the recommended time limit for thrombolysis.
  • Incorporate the use of image-guided treatment to improve outcomes in patients with AIS.


  • Apply recently revised guidelines for the appropriate prehospital management, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with suspected acute ischemic stroke (AIS).
  • Examine current practices for treatment of AIS in patients who present outside the recommended time limit for thrombolysis.
  • Assess the use of image-guided treatment to improve outcomes in patients with AIS.

Activity Description

Based on the success of several new clinical trials, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association released updated stroke treatment guidelines in 2018. The guidelines address prehospital management, diagnosis, and treatment. Key revisions include extending the treatment window for mechanical thrombectomy in eligible patients and broadening the number of patients who qualify for thrombolysis. Advances in imaging techniques and technology have improved the overall management of acute ischemic stroke (AIS), and physicians must keep apprised of how to best incorporate these findings into practice to improve patient care. This CME/CNE activity will review the revised guidelines for patients with suspected AIS and patients who present outside the recommended time limit for thrombolysis, as well as the use of image-guided treatment to improve outcomes.


Activity Chair

Philip B. Gorelick, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor, Davee Department of Neurology
Division of Vascular Neurology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Gregory W. Albers, MD
Director, Stanford Stroke Center
Coyote Foundation Professor of Neurology and
Neurological Sciences
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, CA
Consulting Fee: Genentech, iSchemaView, Medtronic
Ownership Interest: iSchemaView

Edward C. Jauch, MD, MS
Chief of System Research
Mission Research Institute/Mission Health
Asheville, NC
Consulting Fee: Biogen

Christopher A. Lewandowski, MD
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Henry Ford Health System
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
Consulting Fee: Shire
Research Funding: NIH

Ronald A. Codario, MD, EMBA, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Maria Gannett, MSN, CRNP
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Barbara A. Niedz, PhD, RN, CPHQ
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Vindico Medical Education
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Conflict of Interest Policy/Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation’s Standards for Commercial Support, all CME/CNE providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, faculty, reviewers and staff involved in the development of CME/CNE content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the past 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME/CNE activity content over which the individual has control.

Signed Disclosure(s) are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Accreditation Statement

Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Vindico Medical Education, LLC, is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Designation of Credit

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Vindico Medical Education will provide 1.25 contact hours for nurses.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, April 5, 2019 to April 4, 2020.

Instructions for Receiving Credit

To participate in this CME/CNE activity, you must read the objectives, answer the pretest questions, watch the presentation, and complete the posttest and evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 2 out of 3 of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Certificate or Learner-Paced Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hour Certificate.

MIPS Qualifying Activity

Vindico has identified this CME activity as an improvement activity in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Participants who successfully complete the activity and its performance assessment will receive printable documentation of successful completion for MIPS self-reporting.

To meet the criteria for improvement activities in the MIPS of QPP, accredited CME providers need to implement activities that:

  • address a quality or safety gap that is supported by a needs assessment or problem analysis, or support the completion of such a needs assessment as part of the activity;
  • have specific, measurable aim(s) for improvement;
  • include interventions intended to result in improvement;
  • include data collection and analysis of performance data to assess the impact of the interventions; and
  • define meaningful clinician participation in their activity, describe the mechanism for identifying clinicians who meet the requirements, and provide participant completion information.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

Education activities are distinguished as separate from endorsement of commercial products. When commercial products are displayed, participants will be advised that accredited status as a provider refers only to its continuing education activities and does not imply ANCC Commission on Accreditation endorsement of any commercial products.

Disclaimer Statement/Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use of products/devices.

Contact Information for Questions about the Activity

Created and published by Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2019 Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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