Stroke Systems of Care Framework: Partner
Developing partnerships is a key element of strengthening stroke systems of care.
Establishing networks with hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS), and post-hospital providers is important.
Creating a stroke coalition within your state with representatives across the continuum of care to support improved patient outcomes is necessary.
Coordinate partnerships by establishing and maintaining:
- A steering committee to include:
- Stroke systems of care partners, such as EMS, acute stroke care hospitals, and post-hospital providers.
- Major stroke partners and stakeholders.
- Collaborations with existing state-based stroke councils, coalitions, or stroke professional organizations.
- Collaborations with state or regional EMS directors.
Additionally, your team can recruit EMS systems and hospitals to:
- Participate in an integrated data system that combines EMS, in-hospital, and post-hospital data.
- Conduct quality improvement activities.
- Focus on coordinating effective patient handoff procedures and improving care transitions.
Hospitals can use this toolkit to help build a stroke program at their site. It includes Brain Attack Coalition’s recommendations for basic stroke care, guidance from HA, tips for self-assessment, and use case examples.
Read lessons learned from quality improvement managers and stroke program coordinators from 13 rural hospitals who partnered to improve stroke care in Washington.