The Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) has released its 2013 Annual Report.

OSN continues to make significant progress on its strategic directions and provincial work plan, particularly in the areas of evaluation, research, education and knowledge translation and exchange, health promotion and prevention, emergency and acute care, rehabilitation and recovery, and organization.

The report, New Ideas, focuses on OSN accomplishments during 2012-13,  specifically:

  • Ontario Stroke Evaluation Report;
  • LHIN Stroke Report Cards;
  • Stroke Prevention Clinics Audit;
  • Research;
  • Vascular Health;
  • Hypertension Management Program;
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery;
  • Paediatric Stroke; and
  • Organization, Goals and Targets

The report also highlights that since 2003, significant and steady improvements in acute care outcomes and positive trends in the rehabilitation sector are being seen. The decreases in hospital admissions alone represent reductions of 3,300 ED visits, 4,400 inpatient admissions and 22,000 inpatient days, with annual savings estimated to be $27 million. In addition, the significant reduction in mortality represents approximately 330 deaths avoided per year.

“Since the OSN was created five years ago, our vision of fewer strokes, better outcomes has moved closer to reality,” said OSN Executive Director Christina O’Callaghan. “This has only been possible through the dedicated work of health care professionals working together to enhance the stroke care system in Ontario.”