Stroke Advisory Council Work Groups reflect components of a comprehensive Stroke System of Care which is depicted below. The long-term objective of the comprehensive Stroke Systems of Care is to reduce disparities in stroke by increasing communication and coordination with everyone involved- individuals who have suffered a stroke, family members, health care professionals, community partners and legislative entities.
Stroke Advisory Council Work Groups
- Prevention and Public Awareness
- Pre-Hospital Care
- Acute and Subacute Care
- Rehabilitation, Recovery and Transitions of Care
Prevention and Public Awareness Work Group
Work Group Chairs: Peg O’Connell and Betsy Vetter
Preventing stroke makes sense from an economic and public health standpoint. From socioeconomic factors to risky behaviors, stroke prevention efforts can encompass a wide spectrum of interventions. In order to impact the burden of stroke in North Carolina, multiple strategies are utilized, including:
- Prevention of risk factors (primordial prevention).
- Primary prevention of stroke.
- Secondary prevention for those who have already had a stroke. Secondary prevention strategies are needed to sustain a decline in stroke mortality and morbidity.
Pre-Hospital Care Work Group
Work Group Chair: Brent Myers
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in North Carolina has benefited from strong collaborative partnerships among NC government agencies, leading stroke advocacy groups and the NC Office of EMS which oversees the administrative and medical operation of EMS in the state.
Acute and Subacute Care Work Group
Work Group Chairs: Dr. Larry Goldstein and Karen McCall
Stroke is a medical emergency. Medical attention and specialized evaluation must be provided rapidly in order to reduce mortality and minimize disability. Optimal stroke care requires that a patient receives this evaluation and treatment within a few hours of stroke onset. Patients who receive medical attention outside of the recommended window for treatment still require specialized care to maximize recovery (rehabilitation) and to minimize the chance of a future stroke (secondary prevention).
Rehabilitation, Recovery and Transitions of Care Work Group
Work Group Chair: Pam Duncan
Resources are needed by hospitals and providers to assist with improving post-stroke care and education to reduce the recurrence of stroke and to assist patients and families in coping with life after stroke.
Telestroke Work Group
Work Group Chairs: Robin Jones and Dr. Charles Tegeler
Time to treatment and access to stroke-capable facilities are two of the critical barriers to the treatment of acute stroke. Improvements in technology have made telestroke a viable option for overcoming geographic barriers, limited resources and inaccessibility to stroke expertise.