Best Practice News

“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.

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 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  

International Recognition for the Stroke Network of SEO at the World Stroke Congress Oct 2018

The 11th World Stroke Congress took place in Montreal in Oct 2018 bringing together leading international stroke experts.

The Stroke Network of SEO teams were engaged in the delivery of presentations related to Stroke Prevention Clinic core elements, Endovascular Thrombectomy, Acute Stroke Unit care, innovations in rehabilitation, and the evaluation of stroke care in Complex Continuing Care and LTC settings, a true cross-continuum contribution! 

Congratulations on a full year of 24/7 access to Stroke Endovascular Thrombectomy across Southeastern Ontario!

A year ago KHSC expanded access to its Stroke Endovascular Thrombectomy Service  from weekday to 24/7 delivery. This move to round-the-clock service was a big step that required an incredible commitment from many across the region including referring hospitals, paramedic services and the large and growing team of experts within KHSC.  Over the past year, we have learned that we can indeed deliver this complex service successfully with great outcomes for patients across Southeastern Ontario.

Supporting Patient & Family Education across the Region

Working with stroke survivors, families and health care providers, the SNSEO developed a listing of recommended contents for a Stroke Information Package. This package is intended to support survivor and family education as well as community reintegration following a stroke. Ideally, this package would be provided to all stroke survivors early in their hospital stay though it may be useful at any point in the care journey.

March 20th Primary Care and Stroke Prevention Clinic Update Summary

The Primary Care and Stroke Prevention Clinic Update held March 20th, 2018 was well-received.  88 health care providers participated from across the South East. 

Ontario Stroke Prevention Clinics Core Elements

Core Elements for Stroke Prevention Clinics were identified by a provincial work group based on previous provincial standards of care, Canadian Stroke Best Practices, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Quality-Based Procedures.

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