Early mobilization for acute stroke and acquired brain injury patients helps reduce frustration and improve their socialization with family and caregivers. Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE grant, the Rehabilitation Stroke Team has two new specialized wheelchairs that support these clients more comfortably and safely, and help promote quicker progress getting into and out of bed independently.
Upon referral, patients who experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or who have had a stroke see a neurologist, nurse practitioner and dietitian. This program addresses stroke prevention in a coordinated and interprofessional manner based on best practices and also educates patients regarding lifestyle changes to modify risk factors for stroke.
Facilitates and coordinates the necessary diagnostics, investigations, medical management and pharmacological therapy.
Provides assessment of patients for stroke risk as well as educates, implements and monitors primary and secondary prevention strategies. Within the scope of practice, the nurse practitioner initiates and manages the care of clients with chronic stable illness by providing effective pharmacological, complementary or counseling interventions. Provides support, coaching and education to nurses in Community Stroke Prevention Clinics.
Provides a nutrition assessment and appropriate intervention which may include education on nutrition for secondary stroke prevention.
Patients with stroke and TIA are seen to monitor risk factors and assist with strategies to prevent reoccurrence.
Telestroke is a provincial emergency telemedicine application that provides emergency physicians with immediate access to neurologists with expertise in stroke care who can support both the assessment and treatment of patients experiencing acute ischemic stroke symptoms. Through the Ontario Telestroke Program patients are able to access the benefit of treatment with thrombolysis, or tPA, a best practice standard of care for acute ischemic stroke.
As part of the overall Ontario Stroke System, the Network has dedicated staff whose roles are regional and focused.
Plans, implements and evaluates all operations of the Northwestern Ontario Regional Stroke Network. Responsible for coordinating a system of stroke care that is evidence-based, integrated, comprehensive, and covers the full continuum of care.
Works in partnership with the Regional Director to lead the Northwestern Ontario Regional Stroke Network. Provides medical leadership to ensure high standards of care for people with stroke.
Co-ordinates and facilitate learning opportunities related to stroke care throughout the continuum of stroke care from prevention, acute care, rehabilitation to community reengagement including long-term care.
Promotes and supports stroke best practices across the rehabilitation continuum. Collaborates with rehabilitation providers, facilities and agencies across the region to address rehabilitation needs.
Promotes and supports primary stroke prevention, system optimization, best practices and stroke survivor re-integration within Northwestern Ontario. Collaborates with health care providers, care facilities and organizations across the region including Primary Care, EMS, LTC and Community.