Quick Thinking by EMS Helps Patient Get Access to Stroke Center
This past winter, a patient came home from work and began to suffer left-sided numbness. Family called 911 and LifeCare Ambulance responded. Upon arrival, paramedic Caitlin Bushouse and EMT Monica Picker quickly assessed the patient by performing the Cincinnati Pre-hospital Stroke Scale with positive findings for a potential stroke. Three minutes after their assessment, they contacted West Michigan Air Care for a Go Flight to meet them at the nearest hospital’s helipad, knowing that it was key to get their patient to a stroke center with it already being one hour into the patient’s symptoms. The LifeCare crew packaged their patient, performed glucose and EKG monitoring, initiated an IV, and gave a radio report to the crew of West Michigan Air Care while they were still en route. Upon their arrival, Caitlin and Monica turned over patient care to the West Michigan Air Care crew who then flew to Bronson Methodist Hospital for definitive care.
Pre-hospital providers are trained to quickly identify signs and symptoms of a stroke and to transport that patient to a stroke center within 3 hours or less or up to 6 hours if transporting to a stroke center with interventional capabilities.
Bronson wanted to recognize the LifeCare Ambulance crew of Caitlin Bushouse and Monica Picker on their quick thinking and actions for activating the quick transport of their stroke patient!