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Stony Brook Hosts Community EMS Agencies Award Dinner

Pictured above: Eileen Conlon, RN, Stony Brook Stroke Program Coordinator and award recipients from Centereach Fire Department.

Pictured above: Eileen Conlon, RN, Stony Brook Stroke Program Coordinator and award recipients from Centereach Fire Department.

Stony Brook Medicine hosted its third annual EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Awards Dinner on May 24 at Three Village Inn in Stony Brook. The event, attended by nearly 100 EMS workers, celebrates the achievements of community EMS workers whose quick thinking and fast action helps Stony Brook Medicine shorten critical “door-to-needle” time, which helps saves lives every day.
“Door-to-needle” time refers to the amount of time it takes for an individual who has suffered an ischemic stroke to be administered intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA), which can quickly restore blood flow to the brain. IV tPA administration in the quickest time possible is the focus of The Joint Commission, New York State Department of Health and American Heart/Stroke Association due to overwhelming evidence that IV tPA saves brain. A total of 1.9 million neurons are lost every minute the brain is without oxygen.
While transporting an individual suspected of having an ischemic stroke to Stony Brook University Hospital, EMS workers carefully monitor vital signs, obtain and document other key information about the individual and pre-notify Stony Brook with an estimated arrival time so that the Stony Brook team is at the door the moment the EMS vehicle arrives and valuable minutes are saved.
Several local EMS agencies were recognized for their roles in helping Stony Brook achieve IV tPA door-to-needle times in 60 minutes or less. They are Centereach Fire Department, Ronkonkoma Fire Department, Setauket Fire Department, Smithtown Fire Department, St. James Fire Department and Stony Brook Fire Department.
Seven EMS agencies were also recognized for their roles in helping Stony Brook achieve IV tPA in 45 minutes or less. They are Centereach Fire Department, Farmingville Fire Department, Holbrook Fire Department, Ronkonkoma Fire Department, Selden Fire Department, Stony Brook University Hospital EMS and Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The Selden Fire Department achieved the most impressive door-to-needle time this year at 25 minutes.
Also recognized were five EMS agencies instrumental in helping Stony Brook achieve IA-mechanical thrombectomy. They are Centereach Fire Department, Ronkonkoma Fire Department, Selden Fire Department, Stony Brook Fire Department and Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps. IA-mechanical thrombectomy is a minimally invasive procedure for severe stroke that involves the removal of large vessel clot and gives the individual a far better chance at achieving a good outcome with their future quality of life. Stony Brook is the only hospital in Suffolk County that provides IA-mechanical thrombectomy therapy.
The evening also included a celebration of the achievements of the late Tom Lateulere, Chief of Training at Suffolk County EMS and a guest lecture, “Getting the Right Patient to the Right Hospital at the Right Time,” by David Fiorella, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Director of the Cerebrovascular Center at Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute.
Another highlight of the evening, and a surprise for the EMS workers from Centereach Fire Department and Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps, was when two stroke survivors who were recently treated at Stony Brook University Hospital, arrived along with their grateful wives, for an emotional reunion to thank the EMS workers who helped save their lives.
For more information about the Stony Brook University Stroke Program, contact Eileen Conlon, RN, Stroke Program Coordinator, at Eileen.conlon@stonybrookmedicine.edu.

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