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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.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.ekortsot.wwwnull@ofni.

 

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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 ed.ted.com.

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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Introducing a New Online Orientation Module to Support EPCs

Essential Professional Conversations (EPCs) or ‘warm handovers’ foster enhanced communication, learning and meaningful cross-system collaboration between healthcare providers at times of transition. Verbal exchanges between healthcare providers across facilities can optimize the continuity of care for persons with stroke and their families, and in particular, for persons with complex needs after stroke.

 As a standard approach to support transitions within Toronto Stroke Networks, EPCs are being encouraged for all persons with stroke that are considered to have complex needs.  To support implementation of EPCs, a new online orientation module has been developed for all healthcare providers working in stroke care.  To access this new resource, please click on the following link:  

Online Orientation to Essential Professional Conversations

For more information about EPCs or access to more resources, please click here and scroll down to the Essential Professional Conversations section.

 

 

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Signs of a Stroke

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