Presentation Description:

Within EMS, patient assessment practices for neurological emergencies frequently fall short of what is required to adequately identify abnormalities.  Come learn why many EMS providers are ill-equipped to assess and identify abnormal neurologic conditions.  This session bridges the gap by identifying the components needed to expand a neurological assessment beyond basic stroke scales.  More importantly, participants will be provided an opportunity to perform an expanded neurological assessment so it can be practically integrated into their clinical practice.

Type of Session:  Breakout session

Intended Audience:  ALS, BLS providers

Presentation Length:  60 – 90 minutes

Presentation Method:

– Lecture/Discussion
– Participant skill practice

NCCP Category:

– Stroke
– Neurological Emergencies

Presentation Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify the elements associated with an expanded neurological assessment.
  • Participants will be able to perform an expanded neurological assessment.
  • Participants will be able to contrast the difference between sensitivity and specificity as they relate to neurological assessment.
  • Participants will be able to describe how an expanded neurological assessment can improve their clinical awareness.

What makes me qualified to present this topic?

  • Lead Instructor for one of the largest accredited paramedic programs in the Rocky Mountain Region. Have refined and cultivated this presentation by teaching this subject within our curriculum to over 70 paramedic candidates annually.
  • This assessment is not typically performed by the average EMS provider. It is unfortunate, because this assessment SHOULD be performed at every level of EMS practice, and it is relatively easy to learn.
  • Authored an article on this topic in EMS World Magazine’s February 2020 issue.