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Quinte Health Care Celebrates One Year of Integrated Stroke Unit Care: Improving Stroke Care Through Integration & Teamwork

QHC opened its Integrated Stroke Unit (ISU) for both acute and rehabilitation care a year ago, on Dec 11, 2018. QHC, the designated District Stroke Centre for Quinte, provides inpatient care to stroke patients requiring both acute and rehabilitation services at its Belleville General Hospital site. 

National Recognition for the Stroke Network of SEO at the Canadian Stroke Congress Oct 2019

The Canadian Stroke Congress took place in Ottawa in Oct 2019 bringing together leading stroke experts from across Canada and beyond. Teams delivered presentations and posters to share an impressive array of learning from across the continuum of stroke care within Southeastern Ontario.

Stroke Survivors Remind Us to Work as One Team

Work began in the spring to identify core best practice elements and processes that support the stroke patient’s journey with a focus on the elements between care settings or transitions. The Acute Rehabilitation and Community (ARC) Pathway was developed along with a team self –assessment tool.  Each team from acute care to the community, completed a self-assessment process to review elements that support best practice and facilitate the patient journey.

“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.