Step 4: ACLS Stroke Protocol
Full Physician Assessment
Step #4 should take place within 25 minutes of the patient’s arrival to the hospital. By this critical juncture, a full general physical and neurological examination should have taken place.
The physical and neurological exam should be performed by a qualified physician and the physician should also gather a complete history on the patient.
Finally, the physician will establish the time of symptom onset. The information about the time of symptom onset should be obtained from the family or caregiver if possible.