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Toronto Stroke Networks Updates

Below is a listing of current news items.  For previously posted items, please refer to the Archived Posts page.

Stroke Emergency Care during COVID-19

With attention on COVID-19, recent news reports show fewer stroke patients are being admitted to hospitals around the world.  This could be due to fear of getting the COVID-19 virus.  There is also false belief that hospitals are too busy to care for those with a stroke.  As this is not the case, if you or your family member have any stroke symptoms, the hospital is the best place to go.

Anyone with stroke symptoms should call 9-1-1 right away. Stroke is a medical emergency. Do not drive to the hospital. An ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care.

For more information about the warning signs of stroke, please go to the Heart & Stroke website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resources to Support the Delivery of Stroke Care for Healthcare Providers during COVID-19

The North & East GTA and Toronto West Stroke Networks have developed a series of resources to support the delivery of stroke care for healthcare providers during COVID-19.

Resources include:

  • Acute care profession-specific stroke quick reference guides and assessment checklists
  • Virtual care resources to support healthcare providers in the areas of stroke rehabilitation and secondary prevention
  • A COVID-19 discussion group to address any questions or concerns

To access these resources, login to the Toronto Stroke Networks’ Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP), then click the ‘Resources‘ tab.  If you are not a VCoP member, please go to www.strokecommunity.ca to join the VCoP.

 

Other Resources 

A list of modified services and supports available during COVID-19 has been complied by Matthew Dewar, MSW, RSW, Community Development Officer, Community Crisis Response Program at City Hall.  Please be aware that services/supports are subject to change.  To access this resource, please click HERE.[….]

Resources have also been collected to support persons with stroke and their caregivers during COVID-19.  Please share the following information with your patients and their caregivers:  COVID-19: Patient and Caregiver Resources.

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Resources to Support Persons with Stroke and their Caregivers during COVID-19

Information has been collected by the Ontario Regional Stroke Networks’ Community & Long-Term Group to support persons with stroke and their caregivers during COVID-19.  To access these resources, click the links below:

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Other Helpful Links

If you have any questions about these resources, email us at moc.ekortsotnull@ofni.

 

A New Stroke Education Series for Patients and Caregivers

Through generous funding from the Change Foundation, Sinai Heath has developed a 6 module animated stroke education series for both patients and caregivers.

Sinai Health – Stroke Education Series: 

The above educational series was reproduced with permission from Sinai Health, 2020.

Stroke Bundled Care

To ensure that health care providers are aware of the approach to stroke bundled care in Toronto and the timelines for system level planning/implementation, please click the following link: Stroke Bundled Care Communiqué.

Signs of a Stroke

If you experience any of the following signs dial 911 immediately.Read More