supportive care

Last reviewed 01/2018

Supportive care is required for all patients, this consists of:

  • support for the patient and family:
    • explanation of the diagnosis and the treatment plan

  • medical support:

    • the airway may need protection:
      • in a comatose patient a Guedel airway may be needed
      • the safety of the swallow should be assessed
      • if the swallow is defective the patient should take nothing orally and be hydrated intrvenously
      • it is rare to ventilate a stroke patient

    • blood pressure regulation:
      • post-stroke hypertension is common and may last several days
      • aggressive hypotensive therapy may be harmful
      • typically only diastolic pressures above 130 mmHg should be treated

    • nutrition