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MERCY MEDICAL AND SIOUXLAND PARAMEDICS TO CONDUCT JOINT STROKE TRAINING EXERCISE
Start Date
05/18/2011
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Mercy Medical Center and Siouxland Paramedics will join forces this Friday on a drill dealing with a patient who has suffered a stroke. The joint effort between Mercy and Siouxland Paramedics will give both entities an opportunity to further develop their skills in transporting and treating patients who may exhibit symptoms of stroke.

Carrie Puetz, the program manager for the Mercy Stroke Center, says the opportunity to conduct this drill with Siouxland Paramedics is an important exercise. “When dealing with stroke, the role of responders is critical,” said Puetz. “Siouxland Paramedics is among the best in the nation and we are honored to work closely with them to make sure that once the patient arrives in the Mercy emergency room our physicians are ready to go with the best treatment possible.”

The goals of the mock transport include:

Test EMS response and treatment of the acute stroke victim

Evaluate response times both in and out of Mercy

Evaluate the emergency room response once Mercy has been notified a stroke patient is enroute to the emergency room.

Mercy Medical Center has long been recognized as the region’s leading stroke center. In December, Mercy was again earned national certification as an advanced primary stroke center from the Joint Commission. Mercy first received the prestigious award in 2005 and was the first hospital in Iowa, Nebraska or South Dakota to receive that designation.

Dr. Jennifer Pary, CNOS Stroke Neurologist, serves as Medical Director of the Mercy Stroke Center.

For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Director of Marketing and Communications (712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682
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