By Kurt Madar
Pilot staff writer
Physician Assistant Eric Cameron Stroud is the newest addition to the Brookings Medical Center staff.
"We are just so excited to have him on board," said Curry General Hospital Health Network Community Relations Associate Moira Fossum.
Stroud has been a Physician Assistant (P.A.) since 1997 when he received his degree from University California Davis' Family Practice Program.
Before training as a P.A. Stroud worked with the California Department of Forestry and Marin County Fire Department as a paramedic.
During his time as a paramedic Stroud worked in a wide variety of emergency medical service roles ranging from helicopter and fire rescue to home care outreach programs for seniors and the chronically ill. He has also performed intensive care duties in the emergency room, intensive care unit and air ambulance.
Stroud also has training in hyperbaric medicine. He has worked at the Virginia Masons Hyperbaric Center and the Providence Portland Hyperbaric Wound Care Department.
According to the Hyperbaric Medicine Today Web site, hyperbaric medicine is a medical treatment administered by delivering pure oxygen at greater than sea level pressures to a patient in an enclosed chamber. The treatment elicits varying levels of response at different treatment pressures, durations and dosages.
As a treatment it is used in dive medicine primarily, which Stroud has a strong background, but has come to be used to treat a variety of conditions that are not dive related.
They include Cyanide-carbon monoxide poisoning, cerebral arterial gas embolism, decompression sickness, exceptional blood loss anemia, crush injuries, reattachment and suturing of limbs, thermal burns and even brown recluse spider bites.
Stroud actually lives with his family in Salem, Ore. He commutes to Brookings, staying three or four days, depending on the week.
"I love the coast," Stroud said. "I have daughter who is going to college. She kept up her end of the deal, getting good grades, now I have to keep my end of the deal and pay for school."
Stroud works for two care providers other than Brookings Medical Center when he isn't in Brookings.
During his few leisure moments Stroud enjoys kayaking or "spending time at home with a beer and doing yard work."