Every minute counts when getting stroke patients to the hospital, which is why The Valley Hospital — a leader in stroke care — offers an Advanced Stroke Life Support class for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.
Presented in conjunction with the Bergen County EMS Training Center, this free, hands-on course teaches emergency personnel to assess strokes accurately and rapidly so patients can be transported to a stroke center and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Participants will learn:
- Tools that will help them assess the patient and determine whether they are having a stroke (as well as what kind of stroke) and the time of onset
- How to transport the patient to the right stroke center
- The anatomy of the brain
- In-hospital stroke treatments
- The Miami Emergency Neurologic Deficit (MEND) exam (a combination of two commonly used stroke scales to help EMS providers assess patients quickly)