When every second really does count

Florida Hospital Waterman and Lake EMS work together to chill out and save lives

It was no longer fun and games when David Goodman, 66, of Eustis, began to have a seizure during game night with his wife and granddaughter. “I looked away for one second, and then I heard an odd noise,” says Bonnie Goodman, David’s wife. “I immediately called 9-1-1 and started to perform CPR when I realized David was having a seizure.”

Within minutes Lake Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived at the Goodman’s home and determined that David was suffering from cardiac arrest. There was no time to lose…

Continue reading the complete article published in the Triangle News Leader – Health, Mind & Body – January 2015

Lake EMS receives International Recognition for Stroke Care

Lake EMS Executive Director Jerry Smith accepts the award for “Stroke Care in Emergency Medicine” for EMS field crews from Dr. Evan Allen, Medical Director for Florida Hospital’s Stroke System,

Lake EMS Executive Director Jerry Smith accepts the “Stroke Care in Emergency Medicine” award for EMS field crews from Dr. Evan Allen, Medical Director for Florida Hospital’s Stroke System.

“You are great and you have won an international award!” Those were the opening remarks of Dr. Evan Allen, Medical Director for the Florida Hospital Stroke System, as he presented an award to Lake EMS Executive Director Jerry Smith for EMS field crews on December 9, 2014. The award for “Stroke Care in Emergency Medicine” from the American Heart/American Stroke Association was given at the Lake EMS Board of Directors Meeting held at the Lake County Emergency Operations and Communications Center.

As Dr. Evan Allen explained, the award was originally presented at the International Stroke Conference in 2014. The stroke study which Dr. Allen headed, and Lake EMS participated in, was entitled, “Stroke Severity Adjusted EMS Triage Has Benefits for Bypassed Primary Stroke Centers.” Dr. Allen briefly explained the process by which severe stroke patients were triaged and bypassed Primary Stroke Centers to receive treatment at Comprehensive Stroke Centers.

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