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. With this information in mind, the goal of the Community Stroke Awareness initiative is to increase staff and resident skills at retirement communities 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 (Retirement Communities) with caregivers and residents. Before conducting instruction students quantify a baseline for awareness and then measure the impact of their work. Alternatively, some students may develop and deliver training for first responders with leading edge protocols.

For more information, contact Service Learning or faculty lead Bruce Lo, MD.