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“ACT-FAST!!” across South East Emergency Departments

New evidence (DAWN and DEFUSE 3) indicates that highly selected patients with severe ischemic stroke may benefit from stroke Endovascular Thrombectomy (EVT) between 6-24 hours of clearly defined stroke symptom onset.  In response to the extended time window, Emergency Departments and Paramedic Services collaborated with the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario to implement the ACT-FAST algorithm. The ACT-FAST is a large vessel occlusion screen for EVT eligibility being used to guide decision making for triaging patients arriving in the Emergency Department.

What’s new in Stroke Unit Care?

An Acute Stroke Care Collaborative event on June 26th brought together 24 health care professionals from Stroke Units at Quinte Health Care, Brockville General Hospital, and Kingston Health Sciences Centre.  The one-hour event provided an opportunity to receive an update on new stroke best practices, learn about the Integrated Stroke Unit at QHC, and discuss transitions between acute care hospitals.

Annual Community Stroke Rehab Program (CSRP) Report Released: 19% increase in CSRP referrals in 2018/19

The annual Community Stroke Rehab Program Report and accompanying Infographic provides an overview of the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Program (CSRP) since service inception in 2009 and reflects the most recent fiscal year data (April 1 – March 31).  

Expanded Services for Adults with Aphasia in the South East

Community partners have worked collaboratively to support Adults with Aphasia in the community.  In Belleville, Community Care for South Hastings and Quinte & District Rehabilitation have partnered to provide the Belleville Aphasia Conversation Group; VON Greater Kingston (VON) has partnered with Kaymar Rehabilitation Inc. to provide a Group in Kingston; Senior Support Services, Community and Primary Health Care is currently exploring a rehab partnership in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville to initiate their first Group in Brockville.

Free Resources and Training available through the Aphasia Institute "Gift of Conversation"!

The following are offered free from the Apasia Institute:

Introduction to Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™) eLearning: A short self-paced online module.  The module includes practical and video examples of concrete techniques using this evidence-based method.

NEW Part time KHSC Stroke Specialist Case Manager Jennifer Holliday

The Regional and KHSC Stroke Teams are pleased to warmly welcome Jennifer Holliday as our new part time Stroke Specialist Case Manager. Jennifer is just completing her orientation...

Transforming Care Together: Several top performers highlighted in annual South East Stroke Report Card

A recently released provincial report indicates that patient and families from across the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) are benefiting from ongoing improvements in access to hyperacute treatment and stroke unit care. According to new data released by CorHealth Ontario, the SE Report Card  and related Infographic highlight the SE Region as an exemplary performer in several key areas:

RRN Interventions smooth transitions from Acute Stroke Units

To further support transitions from acute stroke units and respond to patient and provider feedback, a pilot of referrals to the South East LHIN’s Rapid Response Nurse (RRN) program, in conjunction with referrals being made to the South East LHIN’s Community Stroke Rehabilitation Program occurred between October 2017 and March 2019.

New Patient Journey Map for Stroke Survivors & Families in the South East

Working with the Stroke Network’s Community Reintegration Leadership Team, a Patient Journey Map has been created.  This map visually displays the recovery journey following a stroke beginning with the stroke event and moving through acute, rehab and community care. 

The map is intended to reflect a diversity of patient journeys to stimulate and support conversations between patients/families and clinicians.