Purpose: Timely identification and transport are crucial for the pre-hospital management of stroke by emergency medical service (EMS) providers. In this preliminary study, our aim was to develop an educational program which can improve 1) stroke knowledge and 2) triage accuracy of identifying acute stroke within 3 hours of symptom onset by dedicated EMS providers in Tainan city. Methods: A total of 33 providers received a written test before, immediately after, and 3 months after completing the educational program, which was about stroke knowledge, diagnosis, and management. The test (total score, 39) contained three sections: two on stroke knowledge (consisting of true-false and choice questions) and one on clinical scenarios (situational descriptions and videos). Results: The mean total score improved significantly immediately after the program (34.2 ± 2.2 vs. 37.3 ± 1.7, p<0.001). An increase in mean score was also noted for all three sections. The increase in total score lasted 3 months (36.4 ± 1.9 vs. 34.1 ± 2.2, p=0.002). The linear regression model showed greater improvement on scores correlated with lower pretest total score only, not correlated with age, gender, work year and the learning or working experience. Conclusion: The educational program increased knowledge about stroke and improved the accuracy of triage by dedicated EMS providers. Further investigation is needed to determine the effectiveness of similar educational programs for non-dedicated EMS responders.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Acta Neurologica Taiwanica|
|Publication status||Published - 2013 Mar 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology