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Stroke Survivors and Families Continue to Lead Community Reintegration

New regional stroke community reintegration initiatives over the past two years have included the expansion of peer visiting programs and Aphasia Supportive Conversation Groups as well as the creation of a southeast Return to Driving resource and a  Patient Journey Map.  

"ACT-FAST!!" - A New Provincial Education Resource

The ACT-FAST is a large vessel occlusion triage tool used to screen for EVT eligibility. This screening tool is being used by hospitals across southeastern Ontario to guide decision making for triaging patients arriving in the ED between 6-24 hours from stroke symptom onset.

More Stroke Survivors Received Rehab at Home in 2019/20

Since the initiation of the Community Stroke Rehab Program (CSRP) in 2009, admissions to the program have essentially doubled.  Data from the current annual evaluation report demonstrated variations between urban/rural geographies.   

Stroke Support Groups Respond to a ~30% Increase in Referrals

According to the 2020 annual report and infographic, an increasing number of stroke survivors are participating in stroke support programs offered by the community support agencies in this region. This annual report is a collaborative initiative between the three Community Support Service (CSS) agencies hosting the stroke support group programs (Community Care for South Hastings based in Belleville; VON Canada, Greater Kingston; and Senior Support Services CPHC based in Brockville) and the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario. 

Welcome to NEW Stroke Support Group Facilitator at VON Canada, Greater Kingston

Each community stroke group within the southeast region has a skilled Facilitator providing support to stroke survivors and caregivers.  These supports can include:

Planning and delivery of the various support groups (e.g., blended and separate stroke survivor & caregiver groups, aphasia supportive conversation groups, social/recreational groups, young stroke survivor group, introductory groups and virtual groups)

Virtual Community Connections During COVID-19: A Shifting Perspective

Stroke support groups in the southeast provide a variety of supportive services to stroke survivors and caregivers.  For members of these groups, meetings are an opportunity to share experiences, learn about stroke and caregiving, get connected to resources and reduce social isolation. 

TIME IS BRAIN! Teamwork and continuous improvement are reducing disability in Quinte

In July 2019 we brought you news of a quality improvement event (called a Kaizen) at QHC that brought 50+ people together to focus efforts on reducing door to needle times. 

Shared Work Days go virtual!

Just in time learning support through linkage with another stroke clinician has been part of the stroke network’s education support for several years.  These Shared Work Days are often used in the community rehab setting to support clinicians

The NEW Ontario Stroke Report

Every year the Stroke Networks review a robust provincial report on stroke care. In June 2020, CorHealth Ontario released a stroke care evaluation report that takes a new approach. It includes visual and graphic displays of trends in over 30 stroke care indicators over the past 5 years, providing a robust analysis of stroke system performance across the care continuum. The new 2018/19 Ontario Stroke Report shows steady growth in access to hyperacute treatment, Stroke Prevention Clinics and acute stroke unit care across the province, with strong care performance within our region.

Tackling Stroke Prevention in Primary Care & Stroke Prevention Clinics

The Primary Care and Stroke Prevention Clinic CME held February 5th 2020 was well-received with 55 health care providers attending from across the South East. The post evaluations were positive with some comments indicating that the content was “usable” and “would like to attend more of these events.”