What is the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)?
Apr 2, 2019
What is the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)?

The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) is a stroke assessment tool used by clinicians to evaluate and document the impact of stroke on a patient. The stroke scale is used to predict the impact of the stroke on the brain and can be used as a measurement of how severe the stroke can be. The NIHSS has been shown to be a predictor of both short and long term outcomes of stroke patients.


The NIHSS has 11 items to help understand the impact a stroke has on an individual. The NIHSS looks and evaluates 3 levels of consciousness, best gaze, visual fields, facial muscle function, motor arm (Lower/upper extremity strength), sensory function, coordination (ataxia), language (aphasia), speech (dysarthria), and hemi-inattention (neglect).


With this information, it’s easier to understand the patient’s outcomes and what their rehab recovery will look like, along with the best treatment plan to follow. After all, each patient’s rehab journey is unique! It is a good idea for clinicians, patients and family members to keep track of scores to help track progress and tweak treatments when necessary.

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Ashley Gatewood
Clinical Manager / Occupational Therapist

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