Volunteer

Someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. Millions of Americans and their families have been affected, and we at Forest Devices are working to bring more awareness and focus to stroke research to improve patient outcomes, hospitalization, and long-term care. With your help, we are hoping to transform the stroke-screening process so that providers can administer treatment more quickly and effectively. We are looking for healthy volunteers who will help provide us with data that we can compare to our stroke patient data from hospitals. If you volunteer to allow us to perform a test on you using our screening device, you will receive a gift card for your participation. If interested, please provide your contact information below or see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

I was in my first month as an EMT. My partner and I were responding to the home of an elderly woman. She had suddenly become weak and confused. We assessed her and completed basic interventions, but there were half a dozen things that could have been causing her current symptoms. So we took her to the nearest hospital. There she was given a CT and diagnosed with a stroke. (I found out about it hours later after I transported another patient to the same hospital.) But it wasn't a stroke hospital so she had to be transported by helicopter to a stroke center, causing a delay in treatment. If we had recognized the stroke right away, we would have taken her to a stroke hospital.

When I was 14, while watching a movie my mother suddenly started speaking unusually. She seemed disoriented and said that she had a headache out of nowhere and didn't feel well. She said part of her face felt funny and she couldn't organize her thoughts. She wanted to go to bed, but my dad wouldn't let her and decided to take her to the local hospital. That night my mom suffered a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), which is a precursor for stroke. With medical attention and some lifestyle changes she has since recovered and has fortunately been stroke-free. The fear I felt that night motivates me to help aid in the discovery and development of new tools for stroke care and triage so that victims of stroke can have outcomes like my mom.

My previous co-worker's wife suffered a stroke over a holiday break. Like many others I have spoken to he relayed the same story that she was transferred and too much time had passed for treatment. Sadly, it isn't until someone is faced with a loved one in this situation that they realize the difficulty in getting stroke victims proper care.

F.A.Q.

All participants must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers who have a history of or any existing neurological deficits are not eligible at this time. Volunteers who may be pregnant are also ineligible.

The test is similar to an EEG. Non-invasive electrodes will be attached to your head using a paste or a sensor cap and stick-on electrodes will be attached to your wrists. The wrist electrodes will provide an electrical stimulus which is generally not considered painful. The sensation is comparable to that provided by an over-the-counter muscle stimulation unit.

The test should take no more than one hour. Once the test has been completed, there will be no additional time commitments.

Yes, you will leave with a gift card once you have completed the test.

Personal information (name, email address, age range, stroke history) required by this form will remain confidential. It will be used to verify that you qualify for the test and to contact you about test appointment details. Stories related to stroke that you can optionally submit will be anonymized before being published on this website. All test results will be stored as anonymous data.

Contact information for Forest Devices can be found here.