Stroke Systems of Care Framework: Educate
Educational opportunities for the community and health care professionals are important parts of the Stroke Systems of Care Framework. Be sure to provide outreach and the appropriate tools to these important stakeholders.
Engage the community in the stroke continuum of care with social marketing and media campaigns that highlight the importance of acting F.A.S.T. if someone has a stroke, and use plain language tools to convey the message. Sharing facts to increase public knowledge about stroke risk factors, how signs and symptoms may look different in women and men, and how stroke is treated may encourage more people who suffer a stroke to get immediate care by calling 9-1-1.
Providing education to stroke health care professionals can support improvement in each level of stroke care that patients receive, from the time they are picked up by emergency medical services, to arriving at the emergency department, being treated at the hospital, and then being discharged to the care of a community health care professional.
For post-stroke patients, this handout shows things to leave the hospital with, what you should do when you leave the hospital, what you should do when you get home, and what to do at doctor appointments.
Read how California’s Coverdell Program and the California Stroke Registry created a toolkit that allows health professionals to follow up with stroke patients more thoroughly.