June is Stroke Awareness Month

Jun 6, 2019 | News

Interdisciplinary Stroke Rounds on Stroke UnitInterdisciplinary Stroke Rounds on Stroke Unit

Here at Providence Health Care, we have made great progress in the management of stroke patients over the last few years.

Overall improvements have been made with the implementation of a stroke unit (7CD) and having nurses and allied health staff provide comprehensive stroke care that aligns with the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for stroke care. Some improvements include conducting dysphagia assessment on admission, conducting National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) and AlphaFIM assessments, and having the interdisciplinary team assess stroke patients within 48 hours of admission to hospital.

Despite the many developments have been made in the area of stroke care in Canada, stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases continue to be the third leading cause of death in this country. Every year, approximately 60,000 people with stroke and transient ischemic attack are treated in Canadian hospitals. Moreover, stroke is the leading cause of adult disability. While the human cost of stroke is immeasurable, the annual cost of stroke is approximately $3.6 billion, taking into account both health care costs and lost economic output.

To further improve stroke care within Providence, The St. Paul's Hospital Emergency Department (ED) is currently participating in a hyper-acute stroke collaborative led by Stroke Services of BC. As part of this collaborative, a team that includes Dr. Chris Schneck (ED physician), Dr. Charles Tai (stroke lead neurologist), Alison Jordan, Alison Hartwick (ED), and Beena Parappilly (CNS-Medicine) has developed a hot stroke protocol for treating stroke patients in ED. The protocol aims to achieve the median door-to-needle time for thrombolysis (clot busting drug) of under 30 minutes and increase the thrombolysis rate to over 10% of all ischemic stroke patients.

Chris (RN) with Hot Stroke Stretcher in ED

All staff are invited to view stroke specific education displays on Thursday June 6th, 11am-1pm on the 7th Floor, Providence Building.

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