This curriculum trains healthcare providers to identify and initiate evidence-based management of stroke patients. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers from a stroke; and every four minutes, someone dies. Having the skills to administer emergency care during the “golden window” of time improves the patient’s survivability and prognosis.

Developed by the Gordon Center, the ASLS® curriculum is widely used by hundreds of hospitals, fire rescue, ambulance and EMS systems, and educational institutions throughout the country and around the globe.

ADVANCED STROKE LIFE SUPPORT (ASLS®) curriculum is suited for:

  • Nursing students and nurses
  • Paramedics and EMT Personnel
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Students of healthcare professions
  • Others that care for stroke patients

This curriculum:

  • Developed by experts in stroke, emergency medicine, prehospital care, nursing, nursing education, and medical education
  • Provides a unique neurologic assessment tool-the MEND exam-ideal for both prehospital and hospital use
  • Designed to meet the stroke center certification
  • Identifies the five major stroke syndromes and relate them to pathophysiology and clinical signs
  • Features patients exhibiting signs associated with various stroke syndromes and mimics
  • Incorporates illustrations, animations, and diagnostic images
  • Undergoes regular program evaluations and updates

Special Features:

The curriculum offers hands-on skills training, during which instructors simulate stroke syndromes. Learners also are assessed with the MEND Examination, a unique neurologic assessment tool developed with the course.

  • Engages learners in simulation-based, hands-on skills sessions focused on stroke detection and management.
  • A site license allows an unlimited number of learners to use this curriculum
  • Trains hundreds of learners each year keeping costs nominal
  • the effectiveness of the curriculum has resulted in the listed studies, abstracts and posters presentations below.

In Use

The ASLS® curriculum is widely used by hundreds of hospitals, fire rescue, ambulance and EMS systems, and educational institutions throughout the United States. Region and statewide implementation have frequently been facilitated by state departments of health, stroke registries, clinical and educational consortia, and professional associations. ASLS® is also taught internationally in Europe, Asia, and throughout the Americas.

Training centers using ASLS

ASLS and MEND Published Studies, Abstracts, and Poster Presentations:

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ISC 2019 AHA Best Practice Presentation - MEND Exam by Nurses - Salinas Valley
ASLS Course Effectiveness Published Abstract ISC 2018
ASLS Course Effectiveness Poster Presented at ISC 2018
MEND Exam Validation Published Abstract ISC 2018
MEND Exam Validation Poster Presented at ISC 2018
MEND Exam LVO Predictability Published Abstract ISC 2018
MEND Exam LVO Predictability Poster Presented at ISC 2018
EMS Quarterback Role Improves Stroke Alert Time Targets Published Abstract ISC 2018
A Collaborative Approach to Emergency Medical Service Stroke Training Published Abstract ISC 2018
Impact of EMS Field-Telestroke With Hand-held iPads on IV-TPA Therapy for Stroke Published Abstract ISC 2018
ASLS for Greater Prehospital Recognition of Acute Stroke - Am J Emerg Med May 2017
Monroe County Telemedicine Published Abstract ISC 2016
Monroe County Telemedicine Poster Presented at ISC 2016
Prehospital Stroke Evaluation Using Expanded Stroke Screening Tools
ASLS-Making a Difference in Stroke Care Published Abstract ISC 2015
The Neurological Emergency Room and Prehospital Stroke Alert 2013
MEND-NIHSS Correlation Published Abstract ISC 2012
MEND Monroe ISC 2012 - Abstract and Poster
MRC ASLS Abstract for ISC 2012
ASLS Hong Kong ISC 2011 - Abstract and Poster
Striking out at Stroke- US-UK Perspective 2010
ASLS and MEND Research Presentations at the International Stroke Conference 2010-2015
Implementation Strategies for Emergency Medical Services within Stroke Systems of Care
Med Teach 2005- Stroke training and prehospital providers
Improvement in Paramedic Examination Skills Following a Stroke Course - ISC Published Abstract 2001
Stroke on the MEND JEMS article Oct 2000