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WSC 2022 | Global implementation of acute stroke care

Valeria Caso, MD, PhD, FESO, Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, discusses the global implementation of acute stroke care pathways. Implementation of care is one of the largest issues currently facing strokologists, with a lack of human resources being more problematic than lack of technology. Having a structured stroke pathway is the best way to ease the economic burden of stroke worldwide. Indeed, this is an issue particularly in lower income countries. Numerous societies and initiatives across the globe are working to develop common structured pathways for acute stroke, such as the Angels Initiative, which works towards increasing and improving stroke facilities in hospitals around the world; the Stroke Action Plan for Europe, which aims to increase implementation of evidence-based practices throughout the entire chain of stroke care; and the Declaration of Gramado, which is committed to implementing all evidence-based strategies for stroke care across Latin America. Furthermore, the WHO have acknowledged that stroke care must be separated from other vascular diseases and care must be more specialized for stroke patients. This interview took place at the World Stroke Congress 2022 in Singapore.

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