Improving stroke care at Providence
Submitted by Beena Parappilly, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Medicine & Stroke Program
Monday, October 29 marks World Stroke Day. In light of the upcoming World Stroke Day, we're sharing the incredible work initiated by Providence people to improve stroke care for our patients.
At Mount Saint Joseph (MSJ), a new inpatient code stroke protocol has been implemented to the existing list of stroke protocols. The new protocol is one that is recommended by the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations and is inspired by the successful implementation of an inpatient code stroke protocol at St. Paul's Hospital, in collaboration with physicians and clinicians at MSJ. This unique protocol helps identify patients who are having a new stroke and require an expedite assessment, investigation and treatment.
New inpatient code:
Currently Providence Health Care is also participating in a year-long Hyper Acute Stroke Collaboration, led by Stroke Services of BC, with an aim to have a standardised, rapid, and evidence-based hyper acute treatment for all stroke patients. Learn more here.
Did you know:
- More than 740,000 Canadians have suffered from a stroke.
- A stroke can occur at any age.
- The list of hidden deficits include, memory issues, depression and/or fatigue.
Improving your knowledge of stroke symptoms and risk factors. Early education is an important strategy to motivate yourself, your loved ones and colleagues to lead a healthy lifestyle to prevent the possibility of a stroke. Learn more on how to prevent a stroke here.
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