WIFR: Rockford Doctors Use High-Tech Equipment to Help Stroke Patients

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Following the death of 52-year-old actor Luke Perry, local medical professionals want to people to remember that a stroke can happen at any age. Local doctors are using state of the art technology to be prepared for stroke patients.

In any medical emergency, paramedics have to be ready to act fast and take care of the patient properly, that’s why Mercyhealth trains its paramedic students in a simulator lab.

“We want the paramedics to have a certain level of comfort before they are out on the street taking care of these stroke patients,” said Matthew Smetana, associate EMS medical director, Mercyhealth.

The SIM lab mannequin is controlled by a computer that allows paramedics to do real tests and see real reactions. This is very valuable because starting treatments on the way to the hospital can make all the difference.

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