Pediatric Stroke Course Overview

Pediatric Stroke Course Overview

This course addresses pediatric stroke care designed to minimize brain injury and maximize patient functioning.
Quick Take

New version released on May 1, 2021.

Pediatric health care professionals need to be able to identify, intervene quickly and provide ongoing management for patients who suffer from pediatric stroke.

When stroke occurs there is a sudden disruption of the blood supply to a part of the brain. This leads to an acute loss of the functions that were controlled by that part of the brain and an onset of neurological signs and symptoms. The disruption of blood supply may be the result of a blood vessel occlusion (ischemic stroke) or blood vessel rupture (hemorrhagic stroke).


  • Identifies types, risk factors, signs, and interventions for pediatric strokes
  • Explores the three phases of pediatric stroke care: hyperacute, acute, and post-acute care

Learner outcome statement

Upon course completion, participants should be able to: Complete assessment and initiate interventions for the child experiencing a stroke using evidence-based practices.


  • Differentiate the types of strokes seen in the pediatric population including risk factors.
  • Describe presentation, assessment, including the use of a stroke scale, and diagnostic findings for strokes in the pediatric population.
  • Identify conditions that mimic pediatric stroke.
  • Outline the interventions indicated during each of the three phases of stroke care: hyperacute, acute and post-acute.
  • Explain key teaching points for families and patients experiencing a pediatric stroke.

Note: This course is only available to staff at PLS participating hospitals through their Learning Management Systems.


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Learn more by participating in a live session or viewing course demos.

For more information, contact:

(913) 981-4187

About PLS

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