Simulation training became popular in ESO EAST countries
In 2016 we developed a simulation training program in acute stroke treatment to help stroke physicians and nurses in ESO EAST improve their knowledge and skills in providing thrombolytic treatment. In Brno, Czech Republic, we trained approximately 300 physicians and nurses from 10 ESO EAST countries. We have also supported stroke champions in Russia and Ukraine in developing their own national simulation programs in acute stroke treatment. This led to establishing stroke simulation centres in St. Petersburg (Russia) and in Poltava (Ukraine) where stroke teams from their regions are trained.
In January 2020, we published an ESO EAST Program methodology and its results in the European Stroke Journal. We believe the stroke improvement program is scalable beyond ESO EAST countries, and is valuable to many other regions facing similar challenges.
Synergy with European Stroke Action Plan is our priority
In the coming months, we are going to arrange six virtual workshops where ESO EAST delegates will be developing implementation strategies of the Stroke Action Plan for Europe 2018–2030 tailored to Eastern countries. The creation of the strategies will be facilitated by ESO EAST Steering Committee members, who are involved in the Committee for Implementing the Action Plan as well. These plans will be introduced in an all-ESO-EAST-members virtual meeting at the end of 2020 and should be implemented from the beginning of 2021.
Thanks for supporting ESO EAST
We strongly appreciate our ongoing cooperation with the ANGELS Initiative, as our synergy makes stroke care improvement in ESO EAST countries faster and more feasible.
We would like to thank our industry partners Mr. Thomas Fischer and Mr. Axel Kohlmetz for managerial advisory and their personal help to make our effort more effective. ESO EAST has been continusously supported by Ever Pharma and an unrestricted eduational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim.
Many thanks to Jennifer Thomsen and Luzia Balmer from ESO Head Office, who have been supporting ESO EAST activities.
Our ESO EAST Steering Committee would like to congratulate all ESO EAST countries for their progress in increasing stroke care quality and to thank them for their tenaciousness in implementing the ESO EAST Program.
ESO EAST Chair
On behalf of Valeria Caso, Natan Bornstein, Francesca R. Pezzella, Milan R. Vosko and Veronika Svobodova – the ESO EAST Steering Committee