The First Utstein Meeting on Emergency Stroke Care
In mid-June 35 designated international experts will gather in the Utstein Abbey outside Stavanger – Norways’s best preserved monastery from the late 1200s – for a two-day meeting. These unique surroundings will invite the experts to have a thorough discussion of the field of Emergency Stroke Care and address the challenge of how to improve outcome from sudden stroke.
10 Steps on Emergency Stroke Care
Previous meetings at the Utstein Abbey have led to the document “10 program steps to improve survival after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest” by the Global Resuscitation Alliance, GRA. When the international experts, neurologists and EMS-leaders leave the Utstein Abbey this time the ambition is to have started the translation of this document into “10 program steps to improve Emergency Stroke Care”.
Even though a positive development has already started in stroke care, there is a need for establishing a consensus on implementation of best practices in stroke care. The vision of the meeting is therefor to transfer the scientific way of working and implementing experiences and results from the area of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest into the area of Emergency Stroke Care.
The Utstein Method
The Utstein method, the Utstein template or the Utstein style has been developed during the last 20 years in the field of Cardiac Arrest as a process of standardising and reporting research in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and defining the essential elements of a cardiac arrest registry.
The Utstein process has improved resuscitation globally. And you can say that countless individuals directly and indirectly owe their lives to a process begun at Utstein. The continued efforts of many researchers, scientist, and EMS directors dedicated to advancing resuscitation science and practice.
Every year 15 million people throughout the world suffer a stroke*. Out of this number five million die and another five million are left permanently disabled with considerable personal impact on daily life and placing a burden on family and community. Stroke is the second leading cause of death above the age of 60 years and the fifth leading cause for people aged 15 to 59 years.
The Steering Committe
The First Utstein Meeting on Emergency Stroke Care is organized by a Steering Committee consisting of:
- Anthony Rudd, Stroke NHS England (UK)
- David Waters, Council of Ambulance Authorities, member of the GRA Executive Board (AUS and NZ)
- Deidre Anne De Silva, Singapore General Hospital (SG)
- Freddy K. Lippert, EMS, Copenhagen, member of the GRA Executive Board (DK)
- Martin Kurz, Stavanger University Hospital (NO)
- Marcus Ong, Singapore General Hospital, member of the GRA Executive Board (SG)
- Michael Sayre, Seattle Fire Department, member of the GRA Executive Board (US)
- Peter Kudenchuk, University of Washington, member of the GRA Executive Board (US)
- Peter Panagos, Washington University, AHA/ASA (US)
- Lisbet Schonau, the Danish Resuscitation Council (DK) (Secretariat)
The Danish Foundation TrygFonden is supporting this Utstein meeting as part of their support to the Danish Resuscitation Council to improve survival after cardiac arrest and stroke care. The Laerdal Foundation has for 25 years supported Utstein meetings within resuscitation and emergency medicine and supports the Utstein meeting on Emergency Stroke Care.
*According to the World Health Organization (WHO).