News Archive: 2019

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.

New Client & Family Resource for Driving after Stroke

Returning to driving after a stroke can be a complicated and costly endeavor for stroke survivors and their families.  Understanding the rationale for suspending a driver’s licence and the process involved in a return to driving is imperative as the stroke survivor and family adapt to a changed life situation

Heather Jenkins, Regional Stroke Education Coordinator

We are delighted to welcome Heather Jenkins to the role of Regional Stroke Education Coordinator with the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario.

Heather obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Memorial University NFLD in 1999, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2002. Heather will complete a Masters of Science in Healthcare Quality from Queen’s University in August.  Heather obtained IDEAS quality improvement program certification in 2015, participating in an advanced training program focused on improving flow of stroke patients from acute to inpatient rehabilitation.

Raising the Bar: Kingston Health Sciences Centre-Kingston General Hospital Site received its Third Accreditation Canada Stroke Distinction Award

KHSC achieved its third Stroke Distinction award!  The 2018 Accreditation Canada Report highlighted many strengths. There were more standards to meet this time round and the results were positive.   KHSC sustained achievement of performance indicator targets despite growing patient volumes. A greater number of criteria were achieved for patient and family education and each of the 14 protocols were demonstrated, an increase from last survey.  KHSC received extremely positive feedback on implementing 24/7 access to Endovascular Thrombectomy across the region.

New Services for Adults with Aphasia in the South East

January 2019 saw the first session of the pilot Kingston-based community Aphasia Conversation Groups.  A Kingston-based Aphasia Buddies Program also began providing services in January through the VON-Kingston.

New Provincial Resources Released to Enhance Implementation of Secondary Stroke Prevention Best Practices

A provincial workgroup of clinical experts was tasked with updating the Stroke Prevention Clinic Model of care in Ontario. The workgroup identified resources including strategies to implement best practice core elements in Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinics and to enhance system-wide performance and outcomes for people with TIA and stroke. The work has been completed and the compilation of resources was released on January 30th.

Community and Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation - New Provincial Resources Released!

Community and Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Provincial Workgroup Report 

Stroke rehabilitation in the community and outpatient setting was identified as a provincial priority by the eleven regional stroke networks in Fall 2016 and the following resources are now available here