Stroke Care and COVID-19

Dear friends and colleagues in the Angels Community,
 
In the last few of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic is changing all our daily lives. Of course, we are absolutely aware that you and your colleagues in the hospitals have the biggest challenges, workload and risk by far.
 
Please don’t forget, we as Angels will continue to support you whatever it takes. Most of the planned face-to-face meetings and conferences have been canceled for the next two months, but our Angels Consultants will continue to communicate with you by appropriate channels to help you in the current situation, to deal with the challenges, to find ways to treat stroke patients in a new environment and, if possible, to continue the work that you started before. Please do not hesitate also to contact us, if you think this can help you and your patients.
 
 
We are well aware that there are huge differences in the different countries, regions and hospitals due to the level of outbreak and the health care infrastructure. Some hospitals in heavily affected regions are transformed to “virus-clinics”, stroke units are closed or transferred to normal stations. A lot of you and colleagues are overloaded with work and others - as we - must work more or less remotely.
 
Please try not to stop sharing your experience, the situation that we are facing is totally unprecedented, so we can learn a lot from each other. To facilitate this, we created an Angels Initiative private Facebook group. In other words, only people registered on the Angels website will be accepted in the page. We want to make this platform available for you to support each other, encourage each other and connect information that could save lives. We hope you will join us there! 
 
World Stroke Organization has published a webpage that provides updates and perspectives from strokologists around the world during this time of pandemic, which we highly recommend visiting. Similarly, you can read the firsthand experiences of two doctors from Italy as shared by European Stroke Organization on their blog. 
 
We have added a list of potentially useful resources which we will continue updating below, so please do check back from time to time. If you find any of them to be relevant or useful for your situation, we kindly request that you share it with your colleagues and other stroke centers in your countries. 
 
Let us hope that the situation will improve as soon as possible, as much as possible infected people will be cured and there will be enough doctors and nurses as you to care for the stroke patients.
 
All the best,

The Angels Initiative Team

 
 
Other resources and articles which you may find relevant: 
 
 
For those who may now have some extra time, we would like to draw your attention to the Angels Academy section of our website, which has regularly updated resources and tools that can help digitally train a multidisciplinary stroke team, including:
 
 
To use the educational resources of the Angels Initiative, you must be registered on the Angels Initiative website.
 
We also would like to draw your attention to the FAST Heroes project, a project aimed at educating 5-9 year old children on recognizing stroke symptoms and how to properly call an ambulance. You can read more about the project on the website: https://fastheroes.com/
 
Additionally, our partner Body Interact has recently launched a clinical scenario about COVID-19 with virtual patients, which can help your team learn and practice the most up-to-date management guidelines: https://covid19.bodyinteract.com/
 

WSO ANGELS WEBINAR: STROKE CARE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Welcome and introduction

Michael Brainin - President of the WSO; Sheila Martins – Founder and President of Brazilian Stroke Network, WSO Vice-President for SSOs

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    Learnings from the UK

    David Hargroves - East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

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    Learnings from The Phillipines

    Dr Epifania Collantes – Head Stroke Services, Philippine General Hospital

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    Learnings from India

    Dr. PN Sylaja – Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST)

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    Short country reports

    Dr Wan Asyraf – Malaysia; Dr Indah Aprianti – Indonesia; Dr Dheeraj Khurana – India; Dr Jakup Krespi – Turkey; Dr Stacy Rossouw – South Africa

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    PANEL DISCUSSION

    All speakers

     

    ESO ANGELS WEBINAR: STROKE CARE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

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      Welcome & Introduction

      Bart van der Worp - President of the ESO; Valeria Caso - Chair of the European Angels Steering Committee

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      Learnings from Italy

      Claudio Baracchini - University of Padua School of Medicine

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      Learnings from Spain

      Carlos Molina - Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron

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      Learnings from UK

      David Hargroves - East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

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      Impact of the Crisis on Stroke Care

      Else Sandset - Secretary General of the ESO

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      Panel Discussion

      European Angels Steering Committee

    PANEL DISCUSSION: STROKE CARE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

    • Prof. Zuzana Gdovinova (Slovakia), Prof. Fransisco Moniche (Spain), Prof. Bartosz Karaszewski, (Poland)