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Medical staff become “angels” to improve care for stroke victims 


The Canary Emergency Service (SUC) and Canarian hospitals are taking part in the “Angels Project” to provide a quicker response to stroke victims.

The aim is to reduce the time of assistance, taking into account that rapid attention increases the chances of surviving and diminishes its aftermath.

For this, a training plan is being carried out aimed at all health professionals in the field of prehospital and hospital care who have to face this type of pathology. The aim pursued by this training is twofold: on the one hand, teaching the ambulance health personnel to carry out a rapid diagnosis of the stroke that allows their treatment to be started as soon as possible, and, on the other hand, to alert the hospital centre specialised in this type of alert of pathology so that the hospital care of the patient is immediate as soon as they arrive at the centre.

In total, 115 professionals have already been trained in Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, to which the be-neficiaries will be added in the days that will be held in Lanzarote on April 10th and 12th. Likewise, more than 100 professionals have taken part in Tenerife and it is foreseen that the training will continue soon in the hospitals of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, including the ambu-lance health personnel of the SUC and the area of prehospital care.

The Angels project, which has already joined more than 1,000 hospitals in Europe, aims to create a global community of centres and hospitals specialising in strokes that work every day to improve the quality of treatment for each patient.

During training, professionals learn to distinguish the basic aspects of this disease; know the Stroke Code in its area of action and what are the most appropriate treat-ments; the neurological assessment scales for stroke; the basic guidelines of action in ambulances before this pathology and the importance of pre-notification to the corresponding hospital centre.