EMS FAST Cup Challenge
1st Annual FAST Cup Stroke Challenge
In honor of Stroke Awareness Month and Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
week, Kaweah Delta and Visalia Rawhide partnered on May 22 in the 1st annual FAST Cup Stroke Challenge. This event was a chance to thank our
local EMS providers for being important partners in getting patients to
Kaweah Delta and to educate our community about the fact that we are the
only Advanced Primary Stroke Certified Center in Tulare and Kings counties.
After a brief opening ceremony, with speeches from Dr. Sean Oldroyd, Dr.
Chadi Kahwaji, M.D. and stroke survivor Carolyn Hill, EMS providers were
invited to run the bases in a fun, timed competition to show our community
how FAST they get patients to Kaweah Delta for life-saving stroke care.
FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms
of a stroke:
F is for Face: Drooping
A is for Arm: Weakness
S is for Speech: Difficulty
T is for Time: Time to call 911
A total of nine teams ran the bases representing American Ambulance, Visalia
Fire, Life Star Ambulance with American Ambulance’s Jordan Howard,
Garrett Giovani, and Esteban Saucedo taking home the FASTCup with a time
of just 38.48 seconds. A special thank you to our event emcee Rudy Gonzales,
RN, and all the volunteers who helped make this event possible including
Visalia Unified School District’s Health Sciences Linked Learning Academy.