3.4 Recommendations – Stroke as a medical emergency

SAFE calls for continuous and sustained awareness raising campaigns across Europe so that more people recognise stroke as a medical emergency. These should be included in national stroke strategies, financially supported by Governments and should include stroke survivors in their planning and implementation.

We need to know which public education campaigns across Europe have worked best, and why, so that success can be replicated. Systematic assessment of public health campaigns undertaken across Europe is required to prove their effectiveness and improve their impact. More collaborative working with voluntary sector organisations might improve the impact of campaigns.

There should be a more systematic approach towards training healthcare professionals, using evidence-based methods and on-going assessment of its implementation and effectiveness.

There is a need to improve emergency pathways in some centres in order to reduce Door- To-Needle times. Strategies will depend on the respective national, regional, and local health infrastructure.