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Free Seminar for EMS Crews to Focus on Stroke Nov. 7

Monday, October 15, 2012

Adam Kelly, M.D.

Highland Hospital invites local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) crews and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to its upcoming seminar, “Assessments and Acute Interventions for Stroke Patients,” starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Collins Auditorium at Highland. The event is free, but registration is required at (585) 341-6709.

Adam G. Kelly, M.D., Interim Chief of Neurology, will present on the common signs and symptoms of stroke and how Emergency Department and EMS personnel can partner to provide prompt evaluation of and treatment to stroke patients. Dr. Kelly also will discuss interventions physicians consider once the patient arrives, including the administration of IV tPA, a clot-dissolving medicine that can restore blood flow to parts of the brain affected by stroke. This can prevent parts of the brain from becoming permanently damaged.

“This treatment must be administered within a few hours after a stroke, so a quick response is vital,” Dr. Kelly said. “EMS personnel play a key role in examining patients in the field, gathering medical history information and notifying the ED when a stroke patient is en route to the hospital.”

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits apply. Participants also will receive dinner catered by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

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