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PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDLehigh Valley Health Network Stroke Center Clinical Nursing Specialist Erin Conahan adjusts the litter aboard the Lehigh Valley Mobile Stroke Unit housed at Cetronia Ambulance Corps, South Whitehall. The mobile CT Gantry is in the foreground. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDLehigh Valley Health Network Stroke Center Clinical Nursing Specialist Erin Conahan adjusts the litter aboard the Lehigh Valley Mobile Stroke Unit housed at Cetronia Ambulance Corps, South Whitehall. The mobile CT Gantry is in the foreground. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Lehigh Valley Health Network Stroke Center Clinical Nursing Specialist Erin Conahan and Certified Nurse Practitioner Ken Reichenbach, prepare the new Lehigh Valley Stroke Unit for visitors. The CT Gantry is to the front of the ambulance and unlike hospital-based CT scanners where the table moves incrementally into the gantry to create “slices” of human anatomy, this gantry moves on caterpillar Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Lehigh Valley Health Network Stroke Center Clinical Nursing Specialist Erin Conahan and Certified Nurse Practitioner Ken Reichenbach, prepare the new Lehigh Valley Stroke Unit for visitors. The CT Gantry is to the front of the ambulance and unlike hospital-based CT scanners where the table moves incrementally into the gantry to create “slices” of human anatomy, this gantry moves on caterpillar Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Joining Lehigh Valley Health Network neurologists Megan Leary, MD and Yevgeniy Isayev, MD in celebrating the Mobile Stroke Unit is Steven Lewis, MD, chief of neurology with LVHN. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Joining Lehigh Valley Health Network neurologists Megan Leary, MD and Yevgeniy Isayev, MD in celebrating the Mobile Stroke Unit is Steven Lewis, MD, chief of neurology with LVHN. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Cetronia Ambulance Corps Paramedics Selvin Alonzo and Miguel Rivera take a look inside the Lehigh Valley Health Network/Cetronia Ambulance Corps Mobile Stroke Unit. As paramedics, they will be responsible for the transport and basic lifesaving care of the stroke patient. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Cetronia Ambulance Corps Paramedics Selvin Alonzo and Miguel Rivera take a look inside the Lehigh Valley Health Network/Cetronia Ambulance Corps Mobile Stroke Unit. As paramedics, they will be responsible for the transport and basic lifesaving care of the stroke patient. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography

LVHN, Cetronia Ambulance Corps unveil state’s first mobile stroke unit

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Health Network Neurology Department, in partnership with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, recently unveiled the first Mobile Stroke Unit in Pennsylvania.

The ambulance, which houses a mobile computed radiography system is designed to diagnose and treat acute stroke victims before arrival at the nearest comprehensive stroke center.

Only Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, and St. Luke’s Fountain Hill are comprehensive stroke centers in the Lehigh Valley.

According to LVHN Stroke Center Certified Nurse Practitioner Ken Reichenbach, the ambulance will be staffed by either a CRNP or physician assistant plus a CT radiographer (X-ray technologist certified in CT) and two Cetronia Ambulance Corps paramedics.

Once alerted by the 911 Center that a patient has signs of suffering a stroke, the unit will be dispatched from the ambulance corps headquarters on Broadway in the Cetronia section of South Whitehall Township.

If the patient’s location is outside the unit’s immediate response area, an advanced life support ambulance will be dispatched to maintain the patient until the arrival of the stroke unit.

Upon arrival, the Stroke Unit team will assess the patient’s health and if needed, perform a CT scan on the patient immediately to locate any potential obstructed vessels in the neck or brain.

If found, professionals on board will begin intravenous applications of clot breaking medications.

The unit will be begin serving patients in mid-April.

In the meantime, training on the unit will be conducted so all involved will be able to provide the highest level of pre-hospital stroke care available in the commonwealth.