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I ain't afraid of no stroke: UAB stroke rap hits YouTube

Posted May 17 2011 5:48pm
UAB must be the rapping-est hospital in the country. The third hospital-based rap video produced by registered nurse Craig Barton is now on YouTube. This one is on stroke, commissioned by a UAB nursing professor. Barton became YouTube-famous with his UAB Emergency Room Rap , a video produced a few years ago as part of an employee contest. He's also done a rap video on the entire hospital.

The stroke rap is a project of NET SMART, an education program on acute stroke care for nurses run by Dr. Anne Alexandrov. The video is designed to entertain, but also to educate the viewer on the warning signs of stroke, and it hammers home the message that stroke is an emergency and calling 9-1-1 just might save your life. Or, as they rap it, "Oh, no! It's a brain attack, and we have to react, and we gotta do it now cause brains don't grow back."

Barton, who fell in love with rap while growing up, says it's a great way to tell a story. And the video is a hoot. How often do you see nurses, technicians, even patients dancing down a hallway in a hospital. OK, disclaimer.....the patients are not real patients.....they are actors. But the helicopter pilot is real, as is the neurologist, the residents, and all the rest of the cast.

So, go to YouTube and check out the UAB Stroke Rap. You can even see a behind-the-scenes making of the stroke rap here . Is a rap video the best way to educate people about stroke? Barton would say yes. But then, maybe he just wanted the challenge of finding something that rhymed with "reperfused" and "fluctuator."
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