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Monday, January 4, 2010

EMS Stroke Training Course Available Online

The Minnesota Stroke Partnership's EMS Stroke Task Force has developed a unique training course focused on the role of EMTs and paramedics in stroke diagnosis and treatment. The EMS Response to Stroke continuing education course will improve EMS providers' knowledge of current practices for recognition and treatment of stroke signs and symptoms in patients.

The course is presented by Craig Rees, MS, NREMT-P, and Kari Olson, RN, CNRN.

Craig has been working in EMS for over 20 years. His experience ranges from rural communities to high volume urban communities. He also spent time working as a flight medic. He has been providing education to EMS provider throughout his entire career in EMS. In an effort to improve the quality of education he was providing, he completed a Masters program in Experiential Education.

Kari is a certified Neuroscience Nurse with the Stroke & Neurosciences Program at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota. She has 20 years of experience working with stroke patients from bedside nursing to various administrative and clinical roles. Kari provides education & support for hospital staff, patients, families and community partners. Kari obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Minnesota StateUniversity- Mankato and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota.

Please visit the resources page at to access the course. The 1 hour presentation video must be viewed on a high-speed internet connection using Internet Explorer.

If you have any questions about this online training opportunity, please contact Dr. Jim Peacock at the address below:

James M. Peacock, PhD, MPH
Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Unit
Center for Health Promotion
Minnesota Department of Health
Golden Rule Building
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 220
P.O. Box 64882St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Phone: (651) 201-5405


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