Effective April 1 2017, the updated Stroke QBP Clinical Handbook is available online. The memo (below) describes some of the changes in the updated Quality-Based Procedures (QBP): Clinical Handbook for Stroke (Acute and Postacute) and information on upcoming webinars and Frequently Asked Questions. The Handbook is released in collaboration by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario and the Ontario Stroke Network.
Two new Ontario-wide heart attack protocols for paramedic services and emergency departments that aim to saves lives went into effect February 1. For patients experiencing chest pain who call 911, the Ontario ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Bypass Protocol enables paramedic services to bypass the local emergency department and transport patients having a STEMI heart attack directly to a hospital that can open the blocked coronary artery and provide a primary intervention. STEMI is a form of a heart attack that can cause death if not treated within minutes.
Access to inpatient stroke rehabilitation services in Ontario has dramatically improved over the past three years, most notably for stroke survivors with severe disability. A report examining Ontario’s stroke rehabilitation services, released today by the Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), describes the results.
Stroke Clinical Handbook helps add accountability to best practice standards and improved patient care
The Stroke Clinical Handbook has positively impacted the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHTLC) policy goal of adding accountability to best practice standards and improved patient care. The OSN recently released the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Demonstration Project Final Report: Ensuring Quality in the Implementation of Quality Based Procedures - Stroke (EQUIP-Stroke).
The Ontario Stroke Network’s 2015 Annual Report is now available online. This report presents a summary of OSN’s activities and achievements in 2015, during which we advanced the development and implementation of stroke Quality Based Procedures. This Annual Report also focuses on the Ontario Stroke Report Cards, financial statements and other yearly accomplishments.
The Ontario Stroke Network is pleased to announce the release of the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Models in Ontario resource. This project was undertaken to amalgamate the knowledge and lessons learned from the development, implementation, and successes of existing and emerging programs in an attempt to inform and guide development of future models.
Sharing Approaches to Strengthen Patient-Centred, Integrated, Best Practice Vascular Health Care in Primary Care knowledge exchange session final report
The final report for Sharing Approaches to Strengthen Patient-Centred, Integrated, Best Practice Vascular Health Care in Primary Care knowledge exchange session has been released. The Report details the wide-ranging discussion on the current state of vascular health care, gaps, priority needs, the interconnectedness of all vascular chronic diseases, and the difficulties encountered in patient-centred prevention and management of those with multiple conditions. Overall, there was general recognition of readiness and support for the developing vascular health primary care resources.
Local stroke survivor’s experience in Pembroke Regional Hospital’s Integrated Stroke Unit yielded positive outcome
PEMBROKE – By his own admission, Pembroke resident Philip Bjorkman had luck on his side when he suffered a significant stroke three years ago during a surgical procedure. “Looking back to that time in my life, I had a lot of risk factors at play,” said Mr. Bjorkman. “I had a busy lifestyle – worked [...]
In long-term care (LTC), 21.3 per cent of residents have had a stroke1 and stroke is the third most common diagnosis in LTC residents.2 In fact, stroke is believed to be one of the leading causes of transfer of elderly individuals to LTC facilities.3 More than 10 per cent of patients who have experienced a stroke require long term care and [...]
Brantford farmer’s stroke journey through Integrated Stroke Unit gets him back to doing what he loves
BRANTFORD – JUNE 20, 2016 – On August 28, 2014, Ian and Mary Black’s lives changed forever. That was the day Ian had a stroke. “We were just outside talking,” said Mary. “I looked over ... and his eye had drooped; his face had drooped. I said ‘are you okay?’ “He slid down [...]