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)