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Phase 1 Implementation Education

swspAn education plan has been developed to deliver necessary education to support the re-alignment in stroke care in the South West LHIN from 28 hospitals to 7 designated stroke centres. It is based on three themes that have been identified through stakeholder engagement: best practice, process, and realignment. Education will be provided at both a regional and local level. The education strategy also draws upon existing resources. Target audiences include:

  • future state designated stroke centres
  • divesting hospital emergency departments
  • Paramedic Services
  • Voyageur Transportation Services
  • Community Care Access Centre
  • Primary Care


Upcoming education includes national, provincial, and regional conferences. A list of these upcoming events can be found on the www.swostroke.ca calendar.

A series of physician education sessions will be conducted for LHIN-wide viewing. These will be recorded and archived for future viewing for up to two years from the date of broadcast. These sessions may be included on the Education and Events Calendar, or they may be promoted privately.

 

View Upcoming Workshops

A variety of archived education sessions and online videos are available for viewing on a computer. The recorded education sessions are primarily provincial or regional and are related to clinical practice, including physician education, as well as best practice implementation from a system level.

  • The Activase Video Library: Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke offers free resources, including videos and clinical practice tools, to help healthcare providers with acute ischemic stroke management and the use of Activase.

Visit Activase Video Library Web Page

  • Endovascular Therapy (EVT) is an important and emerging topic in best practice hyperacute care. A series of recent education sessions have been provided within the province of Ontario to help the health care provider and administrator in implementing EVT into practice — COMING SOON!
  • NIH Stroke Scale Training was provided by Dr. Alexander Khaw was held in April, 2015. Dr. Khaw’s presentation includes an overview of the NIH Stroke Scale, instructions on how to perform this assessment, and methods for applying it into practice.

View Dr. Khaw’s NIHSS Presentation

  • Provincial Stroke Rounds occur regularly in Ontario and cover a variety of topics. They are almost exclusively related to clinical practice with a target audience of physicians, nursing and allied health. — SUMMARY DOCUMENT COMING SOON!
  • Several South West Stroke Project Presentations have been provided over the past year to support the health care providers with implementing best practice stroke care into clinical practice. — SUMMARY DOCUMENT COMING SOON!

A variety of free, online learning resources are available to the healthcare provider to improve that practitioners knowledge of stroke best practices and how to incorporate them into day-to-day clincal care.

  • The 11-module Acute Stroke Unit Orientation and 12-module Stroke Rehabilitation Unit Orientation were developed by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network to support the learning of staff new to providing stroke unit care. It can also act as a refresher and resource to the more experienced professional. While the target audience for both is nursing, it can be helpful to any professional.

View Acute Stroke Unit Orientation

View Stroke Rehabilitation Unit Orientation

  • Apex Innovations: Canadian Hemispheres 2.0 Stroke Competency Series consists of 8 comprehensive education modules. There is also the option of completing the free NIH Stroke Scale Certification module only.  More information can be found on the Certifications page of the www.swostroke.ca web site. Please contact your local District Stroke Coordinator if you would like to register.

View Apex Competency Series Information on the Certifications Page

  • The Aphasia Institute offers the Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia module which will introduce the core concepts and techniques when interacting with adults who know more than they can say.

View Supported Conversations for Adults with Aphasia Module

  • The Core Competencies for Stroke Framework is designed to help allied health and nursing professionals work achieve a the knowledge level to provide best practice stroke care.

VIew OSN’s Core Competencies for Stroke Web Page

 

 Additional Tools & Resources

Multiple additional tools and resources supporting the implementation of best practices in stroke prevention, acute care, rehabilitation, and community & long-term care are available on this web site. These can be found on their specific pages.

Additional tools and resources supporting the health care and service provider in the area of stroke prevention care can be found on the Prevention page. These include the resources not created by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network or the Ontario Stroke Network.

Visit Prevention page

Additional tools and resources supporting the health care and service provider in the area of hyperacute and acute stroke care can be found on the Acute page. These include the resources not created by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network or the Ontario Stroke Network.

Visit the Acute page

Additional tools and resources supporting the health care and service provider in the area of stroke rehabilitation care can be found on the Rehabilitation page. These include the resources not created by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network or the Ontario Stroke Network.

Visit the Rehabilitation page

Additional tools and resources supporting the health care and service providers in community-based and long-term care can be found on Community & Long-Term Care page. These include the resources not created by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network or the Ontario Stroke Network.

 

Visit the Community & Long-Term Care page

 

For more information please contact Lyndsey Butler, Regional Education Coordinator at lyndsey.butler@lhsc.on.ca or at 519-685-8500 ext. 34899