News Archive: 2021

June is Stroke Awareness Month!

The COVID-19 pandemic has called upon health care providers across the continuum of care to make significant adjustments to models of care, embrace innovation and leverage the learnings of others from within our region and beyond.

Striving to Improve Blood Pressure Screening with Indigenous Peoples in Local Communities

collaborative event about the Deseronto Indigenous Blood Pressure (BP) Screening Model was held virtually in November 2020 with the following main objectives

You're OnAir! Successful Online Community Stroke Partner Expo

The first-ever Virtual HPE Community Stroke Partners Expo was held on February 23rd, 2021. Sixteen community agencies from across Hastings Prince Edward County and beyond shared information with the attending health care providers about the services they offer to stroke survivors and their families. This project was a partnership with the University of Ottawa who hosted the event using their OnAir virtual conference platform.

Finding the Way - Supporting Post-Stroke Navigation Needs

The Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (2020) advises that all “members of the healthcare team engaged with people with stroke and their families are responsible for partnerships and collaborations to ensure successful transitions and return to the community following stroke.” Within the southeast, we have been working to integrate and sustain effective navigation supports forall healthcare providers involved in post-stroke navigation.  

Identifying Large Vessel Occlusion Stroke in the Pre-Hospital Setting

The Basic Life Support Patient Care Standards for paramedics in Ontario recently added the Los Angeles Motor Scale (LAMS) as a secondary screen in their Acute Stroke Bypass Protocol. Paramedics are now using the LAMS as their large vessel occlusion (LVO) screen for potential Endovascular Thrombectomy (EVT) candidacy.

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)