The ability to recognize the FAST signs of stroke and act fast by calling 9-1-1 or your local emergency number can mean the difference between life and death. It can also mean the difference between a full recovery and a lasting disability.
When it comes to stroke, every second counts. Literally. Most strokes are caused by a blockage stopping blood flow in the brain. From the second that blockage occurs, the brain is deprived of nutrition and oxygen; brain cells start to die.
Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute. Researchers have recently shown that patients transported to the hospital by mobile stroke unit instead of standard ambulance received a clot-busting procedure an average of 10 minutes faster, which could potentially save up to 270 million neurons per patient.
Last year, the UK Stroke Organization conducted the biggest ever survey of stroke survivors and their carers to find out more about their lives. Over 10,000 people closely affected by stroke in the UK took the time to share their stories.
Aphasia is a language problem caused most frequently by stroke and affects approximately 1/3 of the stroke population. Aphasia has a devastating impact on all aspects of life because it affects the ability to read, write, interact and communicate with others.
A one day Acute Stroke Best Practices Workshop was held on Friday, June 7th. Forty two health care providers from a variety of disciplines attended. Participants were from Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout and Kenora. The workshop was supported by the NWO Regional Stroke Network, Thunder Bay Regional.
Calling 9-1-1 is the best way for a person experiencing a stroke to receive the most efficient care. 77 percent of Canadians report that calling 9-1-1 is the first thing they would do if someone is having a stroke but according to research, this is not actually the case.
A quality improvement project was implemented at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Thunder Bay to improve rehabilitation intensity time on the unit. The project team brainstormed with staff, clients and caregivers to find solutions to get closer to the three hour/day best practice target.