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Why WE NEED EMS Angels Awards
Monitoring pre-hospital stroke care and sharing data between EMSs and hospitals is vital to improving and standardising care. However, quality monitoring isn’t yet common practice in all countries.
The Stroke Action plan for in Europe 2018-2030 highlights the importance of monitoring as a mechanism for improvement.
Quality monitoring allows clinicians to observe, standardise, troubleshoot and modify their stroke patient pathway to ensure services are being adequately delivered.
The EMS Angels Awards – part of the wider Angels Initiative – creates a structure that offers valuable global comparisons of key aspects of pre-hospital care.
A Tried and Tested Approach
The EMS Angels Awards share a similar process to their sister scheme the ESO Angels Awards for hospitals.
“We can motivate stroke EMS teams for improvement based on guidelines in specific areas to qualify for the EMS Angels Awards.
We think this incentive will be very positive to improve the management of stroke patients.”
Doctor Nicolas Riera, Head of EMS Stroke Commission in Madrid.
Meeting the Criteria
The awards criteria are based on international guidelines and the experience of our international EMS Steering Committee. To qualify for an award, EMS services must:
- Have a formal Stroke Protocol in place
- Offer an established annual Stroke Educational/refresher program
- Make use of specific stroke scales in the management of their stroke patients
- Submit data for at least 30 consecutive stroke patients managed by their service during the previous quarter