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23 March 2015: Experts call on the medical profession and healthcare policy makers to address the decline of autopsies.


On 6 March 2015, a unique, multi-stakeholder workshop entitled “The decline of autopsies and implications for the care of critically ill patients” took place, organised by the European Critical Care Foundation in collaboration with Imperial College London, and generously hosted by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.


Speakers and delegates discussed the trends revealed across Europe and the diverse factors contributing to the decline, and challenged common explanations about the causes of this trend. Greater awareness of the benefits of autopsy for future generations, for medicine and for public health is needed, whilst improving the communication and support provided to families at a time of private grief.


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29 October 2014: ECCF initiates a workshop in Trieste, Italy, to further develop collaboration across borders in the region for patients suffering an acute heart attack


Cardiologists, politicians and public health experts took an important first step towards developing full cooperation across borders between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia to treat acute heart attack patients. The meeting, organised by the European Critical Care Foundation in association with the University Hospital of Trieste and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Health Authority, examined the issues influencing delivery of timely reperfusion to eligible patients.


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18 February 2014: ECCF publishes a survey of cross-border collaboration in the management of acute heart attack patients.


Carried out in ten countries across Europe, the survey’s preliminary results revealed a surprising absence of collaborative agreements. Likewise, there is a lack of implementation of existing bilateral agreements for this critical condition. All those interviewed were open to the idea of collaboration with neighbours, but they also identified an ongoing need for greater collaboration within countries.

With the implementation of the Cross-border Healthcare Directive now fully underway, all stakeholders need to grasp the opportunity to make timely access to best treatment for acute heart attack patients a reality, wherever they are located across Europe.


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23 January 2013: The European Critical Care Foundation and Stent for Life Initiative brief members of the European Parliament on how poor access to life-saving therapies for acute heart attack patients is placing a growing strain on health systems.

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6 September 2012: Stent for Life Initiative and the European Critical Care Foundation announce alliance to fight inequalities in access to primary angioplasty.

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