Improving Hospital Stroke Care with Pre-Hospital Interventions: FAST-ED

FAST-ED is a simple stroke scale that, if successfully validated in the field, may be used by medical emergency professionals to identify patients with large-vessel occlusion. This would allow for faster triage once the patient arrives at the hospital. This course provides participants with an overview of the EMS/Fire Rescue FAST-ED stroke initiative and reports on preliminary data regarding performance of this initiative and its impact on patient outcomes. 

Target Audience

Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Neuroradiologists, Interventional Radiologists, Radiologists, Vascular Surgeons, Cardiologists,  Internists, Hospitalists, Critical Care Physicians, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Neuropsychologists, Physician Assistants and Technicians.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of pre-hospital stroke care. 
  • Explain the EMS/Fire Rescue FAST-ED stroke initiative and its impact on the in-hospital acute stroke care process. 
  • Summarize preliminary data regarding the performance of the FAST-ED initiative.  
Additional information

Fabricio O. Lima, et al. Field Assessment Stroke Triage for Emergency Destination. A Simple and Accurate Prehospital Scale to Detect Large Vessel Occlusion Strokes. Stroke. 2016;47:1997-2002.

Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
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Course expires: 

Felipe de los Rios, M.D.
Medical Director, Baptist Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center & Baptist Health South Florida Stroke Program 
Voluntary Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Cincinnati Department of Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine
Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, Florida 

Felipe de los Rios, M.D., conference director and speaker for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies* to disclose and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage. 

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.  

*Ineligible companies -- Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
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