The AR SAVES (Arkansas Stroke Assistant through Virtual Emergence Support) and Conway Regional Medical Center Trauma Coordinator brought the “Mega Brain” to the Health Science classes.
Students were able to see and learn about strokes and their effects, "up close and personal."
“ I never knew that a clot smaller than a penny could ruin someone’s life,” said Hannah Kunkle.
Sarah Owen said “ Coming from a family with genetic high cholesterol, it’s good to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke.”
The 18x 12 foot walk-through exhibit allowed the students to actually see the effects of a stroke on the brain.
“I realize how important it is to know if you’re having a stroke; the fact that it can take years off your life in such a short time is unsettling,” said Angel Kaye, whose class took part in the "Mega Brain" exhibit.
Students learned the acronym "FAST" for detecting if someone is having a stroke, hopeful they could prevent long-lasting stroke effects from happening to someone they know.
Hospitals participating in the AR SAVES program are equipped with telemedicine technology, training for personnel, support for dedicated telestroke coordinators and ongoing education like the "Mega Brain" exhibit.