Healthcare could benefit from more eyes trained specifically at looking for red flags. Conditions that may trigger high alerts and require mobilization of critical resources. Developing apprentices of patient safety moves beyond just creation of rapid response teams. It requires a dedication of those on the frontlines of healthcare to evergreen training and learning. This sort of training may require innovative modalities of rapidly deploying experience and knowledge to those on the frontlines. It may require physicians think a bit differently about the traditional physician to physician apprenticeship model. It may require us to democratize medical knowledge.
Cerebrovascular accidents, commonly known as stokes, are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) put the number of stroke deaths at more than 140,000 per year. That is just the number of deaths. The number of those disabled from a stroke is much higher.
I began my medical career as a first responder within the US Army. I was a US Army Special Forces Medical Sergeant or Green Beret Medic (18D). We received the civilian NREMT Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Training curriculums augmented with 3rd world-centric medicine and military trauma management training. The training provided to me was thorough and detailed. We were held to a high-performance standard, and patient care mistakes or oversights were unacceptable as our next patients would be in a combat zone.