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For Release: June 9, 2009
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Health Professionals Offer Stroke Management Training June 27

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Oklahoma Stroke Coordinators Consortium are offering a stroke management training program on Saturday, June 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Moore-Norman Technology Center, 13301 South Pennsylvania, in Oklahoman City. The training is designed to reach registered nurses, Emergency Management Services (EMS) personnel, Medi-flight staff, Rapid Response Teams and Emergency Department staff.

“Stroke management is a top health priority in Oklahoma that needs immediate attention and training to help improve survival and minimize disability in patients,” said OSDH Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Director Amy Carte.

Workshop participants will review brain anatomy and physiology as it relates to stroke signs and symptoms, identify stroke algorithms and when to activate the Stroke Team, identify stroke types, review blood pressure management in acute stroke patients, review management of acute stroke, and review Oklahoma state recognized primary and secondary stroke center rules.

“We hope this additional training for health professionals will lead to improved reaction time to protect patients from death or permanent disability from a stroke,” said Carte.

The registration deadline is June 22. For more information or to register, contact Staci Stewart Huckaby at 918-582-1989 or e-mail staci.stewart@okstate.edu. The $20.00 registration fee includes lunch and is payable by check, purchase order or at the door. Scholarships that will cover registration and mileage are available on a limited basis.

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