Prehospital/EMS Care

NEW for Emergency Medical Services personnel! Consensus prehospital destination plans tailored to rural, suburban and urban environments.
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Consensus recommendations to support stroke systems of care in urban, suburban and rural settings

Ensuring that all people have access to timely, high-quality stroke care no matter where they live is an important goal of the American Stroke Association. 

The ASA is joined in this endeavor by the American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Neuroradiology, National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of State EMS Officials, the Neurocritical Care Society, Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery and Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology. 

The organizations have endorsed consensus recommendations to support local and regional EMS agencies and stroke advisory committees in integrating the elements of a stroke system of care in three key regional settings: urban, suburban and rural. When implemented, these recommendations can help ensure acute stroke patients are triaged to the right place in the right amount of time for the most appropriate treatment. 

Treatment Starts in the Field

EMS and FAST resources help ensure the  Chain of Survival actions are taken by patients, family members, emergency medical personnel and healthcare providers to maximize stroke recovery. 
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