Through a global partnership with Medtronic plc, the World Stroke Organization plans initiatives to educate, raise awareness, and support effective management of patients who have experienced a stroke.

The partnership, announced at the 2016 Annual Scientific Session of the Chinese Stroke Association (CSA) and Tiantan International Stroke Conference (TISC) in Beijing, will focus on continued growth of stroke awareness through the Stroke is Treatable World Stroke Day campaign; implementation of the WSO’s new global stroke services guidelines: The Roadmap to Delivering Quality Stroke Care; and, supporting WSO’s global clinical educational programs including the World Stroke Academy and teaching courses, explains a media release from World Stroke Organization and Medtronic.

“Recognizing the signs of stroke early, treating it as a medical emergency with admission to a specialized stroke unit, and providing access to the best professional care can substantially improve outcomes,” says WSO President, Professor Stephen Davis, in the release.

“We are calling for everyone to take action, drive awareness and push for better access to stroke treatments, and we are delighted to have Medtronic join us in the fight against stroke,” he adds.

“Medtronic is committed to fighting stroke across the globe, and an important step in that direction is ensuring that the proper clinical education tools are available,” states Stacey Pugh, vice president and general manager of the Neurovascular business at Medtronic, in the release.

“WSO provides dynamic education programs utilizing various mediums to reach a broad swath of caregivers in the stroke field. We’re proud to help bring these targeted courses to countries working to improve stroke care,” she continues.

The 2016 World Stroke Campaign will focus on the treatability of stroke, recognizing that although stroke is a complex medical issue, there are ways to significantly reduce its impact. An additional focus will be the awareness of stroke signs and symptoms, per the release.

[Source(s): World Stroke Organization, Medtronic, PR Newswire]