Thanks to the leadership of the Rhode Island Senate, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Stroke Task Force, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and You’re the Cure advocates – Rhode Island is considered a national model for stroke care. Experts from our state recently gathered at the 10th Annual Summit of The NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) to discuss next steps.
The annual educational summit attracts over 300 stroke professionals from across the eight Northeast states and across the stroke continuum of care. The two-day event includes evidence based education through plenary and breakout sessions (topics focusing on EMS, Rehabilitation and Nurses), poster presentations and excellent networking. This year’s summit topics included: Integrating the Latest Guidelines into Practice, Endovascular Strategies, Future Landscape for EMS, Telemedicine in EM, Dehydration, Blood Pressure Management for Stroke Patients, Stroke Camp/Stroke Support Groups, ICU/Critical Care, Cryptogenic Stroke and Palliative Care.
The NECC is a voluntary-led regional consortium that has developed its own structure and guidelines with the support of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Over 50 volunteers make up the groups and committees who work year round to develop a strategic plan and implement pilot projects to address recommendations around seven areas focused on stroke including prevention, community education, notification and response of EMS, acute stroke treatment, subacute care and secondary prevention, rehabilitation and continuous quality improvement.
For more information visit www.thenecc.org