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Northwestern Memorial Hospital Hosts EMS Stroke Forum

Northwestern Medicine
Emergency Medicine and Trauma January 23, 2017

Chicagoland paramedics attend hands-on educational event to help better understand new advancements in stroke care

Acting fast is a crucial part of care for a patient who is having a stroke. For emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, immediate medical attention is vital in the treatment of a patient having a stroke as every second counts when trying to prevent potential impairment to a patient’s brain. Continuing education is an important tool for EMS as onsite stroke care continues to advance.

Chicagoland paramedics attend hands-on educational eventEarlier this month, Northwestern Memorial Hospital hosted its quarterly EMS Stroke Forum to help educate paramedics on pre-hospitalization identification of stroke as well as acute care management. Participants were able to get a deeper understanding of the different types of stroke, surgical treatments for a brain lesion and breakthrough research to help improve the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of patients with a stroke.

“We are excited to be providing a hands-on experience for paramedics in the area who are interested in furthering their education on comprehensive stroke care at Northwestern,” said Babak Jahromi, MD, PhD, cerebrovascular surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “New this year, paramedics get the opportunity to walk through the patient’s course of treatment from the minute a stroke patient enters through the emergency doors, throughout their advanced imaging and interventions, and eventual recovery in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit (NSICU).”

Guided tour of an ER during the EMS Stroke ForumThe forum was kicked off with a case presentation by Dr. Ali Shaibani, followed by a Q&A with Drs. Jahromi, Shyam Prabhakaran, and Christopher Richards. Following the panel discussion, paramedics were broken up into four rotating groups and taken through guided tours of the emergency room, neuro-interventional suite, NSICU, and the simulation lab. Paramedics were able to see how a CT scanner detects a clot while the patient is being assessed in the emergency department, how to remove a clot from a brain artery with a stent retriever or repair brain aneurysms with coils in the angiosuite (using devices that go from the groin to the brain), and advanced neurocritical care monitoring and treatment employed to help the injured brain recover from stroke.

This year, more than 70 paramedics and firefighters from across the Chicagoland attended the forum - the highest attended event for the stroke department. ‚Äč
EMS Stroke Forums are scheduled to take place April 20, July 20 and October 19.

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