Nurses can help improve minority care for stroke, MI

03/12/2009 |

Minority death rates from heart attack and stroke are higher than for other demographic groups, partly because minorities tend to arrive at the hospital for treatment later and are less likely to receive thrombolytic therapy or percutaneous coronary interventions, studies show. Nurses are well-positioned to counteract disparities, experts say, and should keep culture in mind when evaluating patients, get a complete history and educate patients about lifestyle changes and risk factors.

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