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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.   While at this writing, limited in-person stroke support meetings have resumed, the COVID trajectory remains uncertain making virtual care an important component in a multi-faceted care approach.  It may well become a preferred intervention in other situations (e.g., geographical isolation, seasonal weather

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. We saw representation from the Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services, Stroke Network of SE Ontario, many QHC Units as well as physician groups (including a visit by Dr. Al Jin of KHSC), health care leaders and many others.  One unique part of a Kaizen event is the observation process before and after.

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.  These opportunities are helping clinicians support each other with more complex clients to ensure progress in rehabilitation goals.   During the COVID-19 pandemic the stroke network has continued to support clinicians to learn from one another even if it cannot be face to face!  “I greatly appreciate this opportunity and I know the client did as well

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.

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.”  Participants learned more about current stroke prevention best practices, stroke prevention in women, new driving guidelines, post stroke fatigue, and stroke prevention medications.

3 Stroke Prevention Provincial Resources were recently developed to help tackle main gaps identified in the Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic Core Elements self-assessments completed in 2018/19:Stroke Prevention Infographic for Primary Care Providers to provide general information about the Stroke Prevention Clinic and what treatment providers could initiate after imaging has been reviewed.Standardized Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic Referral Criteria to help improve timely access and establish better linkages with Stroke Prevention Clinics.Stroke Prevention Clinic Patient Summary to su

Stroke care information for the Public - why to act FAST and call 911Local COVID-19 stroke care resources are listed by sector of continuum of care followed by Provincial and National resources.  Questions about the COVID-19 resources and their implementation can be directed to Stroke Network of SEOTake Care and Stay Safe! 

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