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Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. and kills more than 140,000 people nationwide each year. Comprehensive stroke care includes data analysis and quality assurance efforts to streamline stroke patient assessment, care and transport. This series explores how EMS can quickly identify stroke, through dispatch protocols, assessment scales, diagnostic tools and mobile stroke units to transport patients to the most appropriate stroke care facility.

Century Ambulance reduces brain tissue loss by connecting neurologists to perform NIHSS assessment in the field
Jefferson Health and Bensalem Rescue Squad’s MSU was acquired and put into service in five months; learn how the unit’s success was a direct result of collaborative efforts
Regardless of the stroke score or scale that you utilize, what’s most important is having a strong foundation to rely on for stroke assessment and care
Rapid restoration of blood flow is the most critical determiner of functional brain survival
In this episode, our co-hosts discuss the different types of strokes providers will encounter, how to treat each, and stroke patient transport procedures
The Montgomery County Hospital District EMS experience paired a novel stroke assessment endovascular pathway with specialized training
Are you ready to respond to a stroke emergency call? Find out by taking our quiz
EMS triage and destination, emergency department, transfer and stroke team protocols are essential to rapid definitive treatment for ischemic stroke
Solutions to the transportation decision challenges raised by research like the DAWN trial and DEFUSE-3 trial