January 15, 2014 -- According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds in the United States. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of long-term disability.
Treatment is available for strokes but the success of treatment is time dependent. It is imperative that pre-hospital care providers are able to quickly identify stroke patients and to ensure rapid transport to a hospital that is a designated stroke center.
The Valley Hospital has long been a leader in stroke education, prevention, and treatment. This year The Valley Hospital, in conjunction with the Bergen County EMS Training Center, is offering Advanced Stroke Life Support classes free of charge to all Emergency Medical Technicians, Nurses and Paramedics.
Advanced Stroke Life Support is a practical hands-on class that gives student the knowledge needed to quickly assess, identify, and treat patients experiencing stroke symptoms. The class includes anatomy of the brain, physiology of stroke symptoms, and the practical application of the Miami Emergency Neurologic Deficit (MEND) exam.
The Bergen County EMS Training Center is supporting the effort by providing classroom space for the training. The next training session will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on March 5 and 6 at the Bergen County EMS Training Center in Paramus. To register, please contact Nancy Hortas at 201-447-8693.
Photo caption: Shown at the first training session held in January are (left to right): Richard Bielefeld, MICP; Lenka Mysliwiec, Stroke Coordinator The Valley Hospital; Joanne Piccininni, Clinical Coordinator, Emergency Services, The Valley Hospital; Lafe Bush Director, Emergency Services, The Valley Hospital; Margaret Thornton, Clinical educator, The Valley Hospital Emergency Department; and Michael Tarentino, EMS Director, Bergen County EMS Training Center.