Charles Wooley is the Paramedic OutreACH Coordinator for the Emergency Department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He will be teaching the Pediatric Stroke OutreACH Education Program, and he was gracious enough to answer some questions for us about OutreACH and Bellaflies’ donation to the program.
What is the OutreACH Education Program? Outreach Education is a based on two things Support and Recognition. At Arkansas Children’s Hospital we feel a massive responsibility to our patients. We want to support our patients from the scene all the way through their stay. This means that we support first responders, school nurses, EMS, and adult hospitals or who ever is treating our patients. One of the ways we offer this support is by teaching recognition. We teach pattern recognition. This is a highlight of all the major childhood emergencies. We use Videos and Lecture as well as hands on Simulation. We measure comfort level before and after the class and we have seen positive results!
As a paramedic, what do you think is the single most important thing about the OutreACH Education program? The most important part from a Paramedic point of view is recognition. This is what we focus on! We strive to point out signs and symptoms that will direct providers to an early diagnosis. This will lead to early treatment and possibly save lives.
What role do you see Bellaflies fulfilling? Bellaflies has opened my eyes to pediatric strokes. This revelation combined with the story of Bella has spurred myself into action. We are teaching stroke recognition all over the state. We are also telling a story about a kid that we missed all the warning signs. This is treatment changing information.
Do you think that pediatric strokes would have been taught about as much without the donation? I know that Pediatric stroke would not have been taught as much. This all changed when I learned about Bella and her story.
How impactful do you foresee the pediatric stroke lesson? Pediatric strokes are in the top 10 reasons kids die. This has to be one of the most under taught subjects. I foresee a huge increase in awareness at least here in our state. I am confident in saying the providers we reach will rule out stroke when treating altered children.
To support this life saving education please register for Strides for Strokes 2017! 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Pediatric Stroke OutreACH Education Program. SFS is extremely family friendly, and if you cannot attend the event you can register as a virtual runner and we will ship the T-shirt to you!