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SOMERS POINT — Hundreds of emergency department nurses and clinicians converged for three days last week at the Tropicana in Atlantic City for the NJ Emergency Nurses Association’s first in-person emergency care conference since 2019. Shore Medical Center ER nurses presented a poster and shared with other nurses what they learned from their 90-day stroke pilot project with local emergency medical service providers. Through this project, they have reduced the average time it takes to move a patient from ambulance to advanced stroke treatment protocols from 12 minutes to an average of 4 minutes – a critical, life-saving improvement.

In 2020, Sherri Richmond, Director of Emergency Services at SMC, and the Stroke Team at Shore, including Rob Schrevelius, Stroke Coordinator, and Carolyn Gattuso, Adult and Pediatric ER Liaison, launched their program pilot to educate local EMS providers and make it a bigger part of the stroke response in Shore and reduce stroke treatment time. Using educational tools provided by the Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services, the team explained the stroke metrics they use at Shore so EMS providers understand the steps in stroke treatment. a stroke patient and their important role in the process. They hosted webinars and provided continuing education credits in partnership with Jefferson Health to help paramedics take their stroke knowledge to the next level.

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Tim Jackson is EMT with Egg Harbor Township EMS Providers, which also covers Somers Point. Jackson received Shore Medical Center’s new “I Saved a Brain” award for his quick actions on a stroke case recently – another result of Shore’s successful pilot program.

Jackson appreciates how the Shore team involves them throughout the process, letting them know when their efforts are leading to a positive outcome for the patient.

“Often we transport a stroke patient, and we never know the outcome or if we helped save a life. Now Shore tells us whenever they can when we’ve helped save someone. Instead of feeling anxious, I now get really excited when a stroke call comes in. I know we can often make a difference in that patient’s life.

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