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Advanced Stroke Life Support - Pre-Hospital Only Course

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke; the stroke results in a death every 4 minutes. Globally, stroke is a leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability. Emergency treatments to limit the risk of disability are available but must be administered within a brief window of time. Thus, it is vital that emergency medical services (EMS) personnel recognize, stabilize, and transport a stroke patient with a new sense of urgency and medical centers handle these patients on an emergency basis that includes developing acute stroke teams and forming networks with other medical centers to enable rapid evaluation and treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Advanced Stroke Life Support ® is a practical, hands-on, 8-hour course that:

  • Was developed by experts in stroke, emergency medicine, prehospital care, and nursing education
  • Is updated and improved continuously
  • Has been used to train thousands of EMS personnel, nurses, and physicians from hundreds of institutions across the U.S. and throughout the world
  • Provides a unique neurologic assessment tool-the MEND exam-ideal for both prehospital and hospital use
  • Satisfies the educational requirements for Joint Commission-certified stroke centers

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course addresses the prehospital, emergency department, and stroke unit management of patients with acute stroke. Using interactive discussions, hands-on workshops, multimedia (computerized video clips) and standardized patients ((instructors that act out and simulate different stroke syndromes), the course includes a discussion of the differential diagnosis of stroke, rapid recognition of five major stroke syndromes, training in the use of the Miami Emergency Neurologic Deficit (M.E.N.D.) exam (based on the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale and incorporating the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale), education regarding the use of thrombolytic therapy in acute ischemic stroke patients, and a detailed discussion of the acute care of stroke patients in the hospital, including prevention of medical complications, rehabilitation in the acute setting, the diagnostic evaluation, secondary stroke prevention strategies, and discharge planning for the patient and family. This course is appropriate for both new and experienced providers, particularly nurses and physicians who work in the emergency departments, stroke unit, and stroke-unit equivalents.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe why early treatment of patients with acute ischemic stroke may result in a marked reduction in risk of disability.
  2. Identify the five main stroke syndromes and relate them to pathophysiology and clinical signs.
  3. Perform and describe the benefits of a focused neurologic evaluation to identify stroke, its location, severity, and t-PA considerations.
  4. Describe prehospital and emergency department stroke protocols with emphasis on rapid transport and triage and management of airway, glucose, and hypertension.
  5. Name the components of giving a clear and succinct report to ED personnel regarding t-PA contraindications, witness information, and neurologic exam.

 Course Cost:  $300.00

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Advanced Stroke Life Support - Pre-Hospital & Hospital Combined

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke; the stroke results in a death every 4 minutes. Globally, stroke is a leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability. Emergency treatments to limit the risk of disability are available but must be administered within a brief window of time. Thus, it is vital that emergency medical services (EMS) personnel recognize, stabilize, and transport a stroke patient with a new sense of urgency and medical centers handle these patients on an emergency basis that includes developing acute stroke teams and forming networks with other medical centers to enable rapid evaluation and treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Advanced Stroke Life Support ® is a practical, hands-on, 8-hour course that:

  • Was developed by experts in stroke, emergency medicine, prehospital care, and nursing education
  • Is updated and improved continuously
  • Has been used to train thousands of EMS personnel, nurses, and physicians from hundreds of institutions across the U.S. and throughout the world
  • Provides a unique neurologic assessment tool-the MEND exam-ideal for both prehospital and hospital use
  • Satisfies the educational requirements for Joint Commission-certified stroke centers

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course addresses the prehospital, emergency department, and stroke unit management of patients with acute stroke. Using interactive discussions, hands-on workshops, multimedia (computerized video clips) and standardized patients (instructors that act out and simulate different stroke syndromes), the course includes a discussion of the differential diagnosis of stroke, rapid recognition of five major stroke syndromes, training in the use of the Miami Emergency Neurologic deficit (M.E.N.D.) exam (based on the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale and incorporating the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale), education regarding the use of thrombolytic therapy in acute ischemic stroke patients, and a detailed discussion of the acute care of stroke patients in the hospital, including prevention of medical complications, rehabilitation in the acute setting, the diagnostic evaluation, secondary stroke prevention strategies, and discharge planning for the patient and family. This course is appropriate for both new and experienced providers, particularly nurses and physicians who work in the emergency departments, stroke unit, and stroke-unit equivalents.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe why early treatment of patients with acute ischemic stroke may result in a marked reduction in risk of disability.
  2. Identify the five main stroke syndromes and relate them to pathophysiology and clinical signs.
  3. Perform and describe the benefits of a focused neurologic evaluation to identify stroke, its location, severity, and t-PA considerations.
  4. Describe prehospital and emergency department stroke protocols with emphasis on rapid transport and triage and management of airway, glucose, and hypertension.
  5. List the differential diagnosis of acute stroke.
  6. Explain the logistics of an emergency acute stroke response team.
  7. Outline how and when to administer t-PA to acute ischemic stroke patients.
  8. Name and characterize the six aspects of acute stroke care for hospitalized patients

 

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Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) - Initial Certification Course

NAEMT’s Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) course is the first EMS education program that fully addresses how to best assess and manage the most common medical crises in patients, offering a “think outside the box” methodology.  It is for all levels of practitioners with a strong commitment to patient care, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists and physicians.

The course emphasizes the use of scene size-up, history, interactive group discussion on potential treatment strategies, and physical exam to systematically rule out and consider possibilities and probabilities in treating patients’ medical crises. The course offers an initial assessment-based approach that progresses to a diagnostic-based approach to quickly develop the best treatment plan.

AMLS is a sixteen-hour, two-day program that consists of interactive lectures, teaching and evaluation stations. The interactive/case based lectures include the following topics: altered mental status and neurologic disorders, respiratory dysfunction, shock, chest discomfort, endocrine, metabolic and environmental disorders, abdominal discomfort, infectious disease, and toxicologic emergencies, hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction. Teaching stations follow the associated lectures each day.

Continued Education Information:

AMLS is endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). It is accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and is recognized by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).

Course Completion Information:

Students who successfully complete the AMLS course will receive a certificate of completion that is valid for four years.

Course Length:  16 Hours

Course Cost: $300.00

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Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) - Refresher Course

NAEMT’s Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) course is the first EMS education program that fully addresses how to best assess and manage the most common medical crises in patients, offering a “think outside the box” methodology.  It is for all levels of practitioners with a strong commitment to patient care, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists and physicians.

The course emphasizes the use of scene size-up, history, interactive group discussion on potential treatment strategies, and physical exam to systematically rule out and consider possibilities and probabilities in treating patients’ medical crises.The course offers an initial assessment-based approach that progresses to a diagnostic-based approach to quickly develop the best treatment plan.

AMLS is a sixteen-hour, two-day program that consists of interactive lectures, teaching and evaluation stations. The interactive/case based lectures include the following topics: altered mental status and neurologic disorders, respiratory dysfunction, shock, chest discomfort, endocrine, metabolic and environmental disorders, abdominal discomfort, infectious disease, and toxicologic emergencies, hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction. Teaching stations follow the associated lectures each day.

Continued Education Information:

AMLS is endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). It is accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and is recognized by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).

Course Completion Information:

Students who successfully complete the AMLS course will receive a certificate of completion that is valid for four years.

Course Length:  8 Hours

Course Pre-Requisite Information:

This course is for individuals who have successfully completed the respective AMLS provider course within the past four years.  This course is offered at Advanced or Combined levels. Current AMLS provider certificate or wallet card required.

Course Cost:  $225.00

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Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) Course

The proportion of the aged in society today is greater than ever before, and growing faster than any other segment of our population. Current indications are that approximately 34% of calls for emergency medical services, or 3.4 million emergency responses involve patients over the age of 60. GEMS represents the most credible and complete source of prehospital medical information for older adults.

The GEMS course is designed to address all of the special needs of the older population, including the geriatric objectives as identified in the EMT-Basic, Intermediate, and Paramedic National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) NationalStandard Curricula.  

The GEMS course is innovative, comprehensive, and highly visual with:

  • Case-Based Lectures
  • Live Action Video
  • Hands-on Skill Stations
  • Small Group Scenarios

Course Length:  8 Hours

Course Cost:  $250.00

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