Gordan Center brings life-saving stroke training to North Dakota

Published: Feb. 4, 2020 at 7:38 PM CST
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Health care providers and paramedics from all over North Dakota came together today to receive Life-Saving Stroke Training.

Gordon Center for Simulation and innovation is bringing life-saving stroke training to North Dakota. Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS) is the name of the curriculum taught in the eight-hour long course, which is then taught the next day by the health professionals participating in the course.

The course is designed for hospital providers and pre hospital providers that are involved in the care of stroke patients.

Al Brotons of Gordons Center for simulation and innovation said: "Pre-hospital calls in, and we teach them how to communicate effectively. The teams in the hospital can get everything ready from the CT, to pharmacy because they know a real stroke is coming in."

This training takes participants through stroke recognition, awareness and management as well as post care. It will also help rural communities.

"The Three-year project to improve stroke systems of care across North Dakota with a real focus on our rural communities knowing that resources are limited in those areas," said American Heart Association’s Jenna Pietrzak.

After learning the curriculum on the first day, health professionals will be able to teach what they learned on the second day and receive an official instructor card at the end.

"This honestly is the best one day course in education I've ever taken, and I think I feel strongly that it can help us to identify stroke patients earlier," said Standing Rock ambulance paramedic Deeann Werre.

After training, four ASLS training centers will be added to varying areas around North Dakota.