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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.

Secondary Stroke Prevention Provincial Workgroup Report and Toolkit is now available

The components of this work include:

1. The Ontario Core Elements outlining the key 15 components of care delivery for Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinics and/or its equivalent.

2. Implementation Tool Kit which includes strategies and tools that align with each of the core elements  to assist organizations with the prioritization and implementation of best practices.

3. Proposed Evaluation Minimum Data Set aligned with the Ontario Core Elements.


To access the Report and Toolkit, click Here.  For more information please contact your Regional or District Stroke Coordinator.

Using Stroke Care Observerships to Support Patient Flow and Transitions

On November 27, 2018, St. John’s Rehab inpatient stroke rehab team and Humber River Hospital acute stroke team participated in a Stroke Care Observership (SCO) at Humber River Hospital.

The aim of this SCO was to further build relationships and collaborative partnerships between the two teams to support stroke patient flow, transitions, and communication between both teams.  Both teams found the SCO experience very valuable, and plan to continue to keep open communications to further support patient flow and seamless transitions.

On behalf of the Toronto Stroke Networks, we thank all staff who participated in this event, with special thanks to the organizers of this event:  Kyle Davies, Alin Khodaverdian, Mila Bishev and Gina Lam.

State of the Union 2018

On November 22, 2018, the North & East GTA and Toronto West Stroke Networks’ Regional Teams hosted a State of the Union event  to celebrate success of our organizations working in stroke care and to launch the new Toronto Stroke Networks Standards of Care resource.  We had a full house, with ninety-five participants, including persons with stroke, caregivers, clinicians, managers, senior leads, physicians, LHIN leads and other system stakeholders from across the continuum of care.  The event was well received with positive feedback from participants.

Below are some photos that were taken from this event.


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.


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