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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.

Toronto Stroke Networks Members at the World Stroke Congress

The 11th World Stroke Congress took place in Montreal on Oct 17-20th, 2018.  This international event was organized by the World Stroke Organization and the Canadian Stroke Consortium, with topics ranging from epidemiology, prevention, acute care and stroke recovery.  Close to 2500 health care professionals, community service providers, administrators, educators, researchers, and policy makers attended this event.  Of these, there was great representation from our regional stroke teams and partner organizations within the Toronto Stroke Networks (TSNs).   To celebrate success of our acute, rehab and community partners, below are some photos to illustrate those who have presented or participated in this year’s World Stroke Congress.  For access to e-posters that were presented at this event, please click HERE.



Using Stroke Care Observerships to Support Transition Experiences During the Repatriation Process

On September 20, 2018, interprofessional representation from Sunnybrook’s C4 Acute Stroke Unit and North York General Hospitals’ Neuro Unit participated in a Stroke Care Observership (SCO) at North York General Hospital.


During the SCO, these 2 teams discussed ways to improve the care and transition experience for patients transferred from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center to North York General Hospital.  From this discussion, some key learnings included increased awareness of:

  • the types of information that are needed to support transitions and early assessment/management of the patient at the next care environment;
  • the need to leverage existing resources such as Essential Professional Conversations (warm clinical handovers) to support healthcare provider communication and patient transitions;
  • what to expect at the next care environment; and
  • the importance of ongoing communication and collaboration between the 2 acute care teams

Overall, participants valued the SCO experience as it provided a deeper understanding of each other’s care environments. Both teams have expressed a strong interest to continue the conversation and collaboration with each other.

As SCOs in the past involved one care team visiting another care team from a different sector (e.g., acute care visiting inpatient rehab), this marked the first time when 2 acute care teams planned and participated in a SCO to support transition experiences for repatriated patients and their families.  As learnings from this SCO will also inform system planning, the Toronto Stroke Networks thanks the Sunnybrook C4 Acute Stroke Unit and North York General Hospitals’ Neuro Unit for their time and support in planning and participating in this SCO.


Celebrating June is Stroke Month

In celebration of June is Stroke Month, we would like to recognize some of the activities that have taken place in Toronto:


On May 4th, 2018, Toronto Western Hospital’s Neurovascular team participated in the Big Bike for Heart & Stroke at Toronto General Hospital. The bike was full with the 29 riders who raised $4855.00 dollars this year!

On June 20th, Toronto Western Hospital’s stroke prevention clinic staff held an information booth and blood pressure clinic for the general public in the hospital’s Atrium.


On June 19th, 20 staff from the Sunnybrook Stroke Team participated in the Heart & Stroke Big Bike event.  Sunnybrook’s Regional Stroke Team also increased awareness of the Heart & Stroke FAST campaign while offering free ice-cream to staff, patients and families on June 13th.


Members of the NYGH Neuro Stroke Unit rode the Big Bike for Heart & Stroke on June 20th raising $4213. 



During the month of June, the Providence Healthcare team celebrated their team’s successes, viewed the new Heart & Stroke public service announcement that featured women and stroke, and examined the evidence supporting psychosocial care and the adoption of hopeful care in stroke recovery.



On June 26th, 2018, the St. John’s Rehab in-patient stroke team hosted a 3rd stroke care observership with Kitchener’s Grand River Hospital who plans to implement a similar interprofessional sub-team model within their hospital.  The stroke team at  St. John’s Rehab was proud that they were able to inspire, influence and support another hospital in striving towards excellence in stroke care.



To celebrate June is Stroke Month, Dr. Aditya Bharatha, Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology Division Head at St. Michael’s Hospital presented on Endovascular Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke.


If you would like your team or organization’s Stroke Month activities featured on our TSNs website or Virtual Community of Practice, please email us at moc.ekortsotnull@ofni.



What happens during a stroke?

Find out more through this animated TED-Ed video by Vaibhav Goswami:

The above TED-Ed lesson, entitled: “What happens during a stroke?” by Vaibhav Goswami, was reproduced with permission from the TED-Ed Media Requests Team. For more TED-Ed, visit

Ontario Stroke Evaluation Report 2018: Stroke Care and Outcomes in Complex Continuing Care and Long-Term Care

CorHealth Ontario proudly advises the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Local Health Integration Networks, hospitals, and care providers to improve the quality, efficiency, accessibility and equity of cardiac, stroke and vascular services for patients across Ontario. Together with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and representatives from the regional stroke networks, CorHealth Ontario has collaboratively worked on the 2018 Complex Continuing Care (CCC) and Long-Term Care (LTC) Stroke Evaluation Report to inform system planning, facilitate and advocate for system change, and identify opportunities for quality initiatives and research. Previous evaluation reports have been prepared by our legacy organization, the Ontario Stroke Network.

For a copy of the 2018 CCC an LTC Stroke Evaluation Report, click HERE.  Please distribute the Report to your teams/colleagues as appropriate.

If you have any questions, email CorHealth Ontario at ac.oiratnohtlaehrocnull@ecivres.

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