Community Stroke Awareness
Nationwide, stroke accounts for 1 in 20 deaths. Researchers are telling us that ultra-rapid treatment of strokes significantly reduces odds of post-stroke disability. Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS) is a practical hands-on 8 hour course that was developed by stroke and emergency medicine experts to train community members and healthcare providers to more readily recognize, stabilize, and transport stroke victims. The pilot program was first implemented by University of Miami to bring about "Increased awareness of stroke identification in early stages to increase number of patients presenting to hospital in time for treatment within the ‘Golden Hour’”.
With this information in mind, the goal of the Community Stroke Awareness project is to increase staff and resident skills in early stroke detection to the end that early recognition will lead to early treatment and thus reduced disability. Students first qualify as Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS) instructors, and then run ASLS training in high-risk stroke communities.
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