Complementary Vascular Health Primary Care Quality Improvement Toolkits to assist with quality improvement (QI) projects and plans are now available. A needs assessment with primary care providers determined the development of the Toolkits to help augment QI activities in primary care. The web-based Toolkits have been framed around patient engagement and feature key QI [...]
The Stroke Core Competencies (SCC) are an online framework consisting of a core set of stroke competencies for six disciplines – Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Social Work, and Recreation Therapy. The SCC was created to support health care professionals who may be working in stroke care to build fundamental stroke knowledge. Each [...]
The annual stroke Provincial Integrated Work Plan (PIWP) process is now into its 5th cycle. This process is intended to: 1) streamline provincial planning and project development; 2) maximize access to and use of expertise; 3) make effective use of available resources (e.g. people, funding); 4) strengthen relationships; 5) recognize existing and emerging priorities; [...]
Do you work in Stroke Rehab in Ontario? Are you interested in helping to identify ways to improve Stroke Rehabilitation intensity reporting?
A group of students from the Physical Therapy program at Queen’s University are working with Vince DePaul PT PhD to conduct a survey regarding the experiences of therapists (OT, PT, SLP) and therapy staff with collecting and reporting inpatient stroke rehabilitation intensity (RI) data.
About 50 per cent of patients who have recently had a stroke will experience dysphagia (swallowing problems) which can in turn lead to pneumonia, disability and even death. That's why guidelines recommend that swallowing tests be conducted in all stroke patients within the first 72 hours after stroke, before taking any food or liquid by mouth.
Stroke rehabilitation evidence and comorbidity: a systematic scoping review of randomized controlled trials
Most strokes occur in the context of other medical diagnoses. Currently, stroke rehabilitation evidence reviews have not synthesized or presented evidence with a focus on comorbidities and correspondingly may not align with current patient population. The purpose of this review was to determine the extent and nature of randomized controlled trial stroke rehabilitation evidence that included patients with multimorbidity.
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.
The Canadian Stroke Congress is Canada's premier stroke educational event! You don't want to miss it! We invite you to submit your abstracts for presentation at the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress being held from September 9-11 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (Calgary, Alberta). Authors may submit multiple abstracts in English or French. We have several presentation format options to choose from this year.
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.
The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) has released their 2015/16 annual report. The annual report provides an overview of ICES' achievements, the year in numbers, five high impact research stories and their financial report.