South West Stroke Project Education
Education resources have been created to support the consolidation of stroke care in the South West LHIN into 7 designated stroke centre hospitals which provide specialized stroke care. This education draws upon three themes that were identified as needs through stakeholder engagement:
- Stroke best practices
- Processes to access stroke care at designated stroke centres
- Stroke care realignment
Currently, the education strategy focusses on the in-hospital portion of the South West Stroke Project.
Educational and informational resources have been developed to support physicians at designated stroke centres, physicians at hospitals divesting their stroke services, and primary care to implement stroke best practices and the realignment of in-hospital stroke care in the South West LHIN. Resources have been created and organized to target different physician groups:
- Physicians at Designated Stroke Centres
- Physicians at Hospitals Divesting their Stroke Services
- Primary Care Providers
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Several self-directed learning resources have been created to help nursing and allied health professionals implement stroke best practices into their practice and gain knowledge to achieve a level of professional expertise in stroke care.
Two comprehensive orientation manuals targetting new stroke unit staff focus on fundamental stroke care while the Core Competencies resource builds upon that introductory knowledge in a discipline specific format.
- The Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network, in collaboration with regional partners, has created two comprehensive orientation manuals to support the learning of new staff providing stroke unit care: the Acute Stroke Unit Orientation, and the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit Orientation. These multi-module online learning resources can also act as a refresher and resource for more experienced professionals. While the target audience for both is nursing, it can be helpful for any professional.
- The Core Competencies for Stroke Framework is designed to help allied health and nursing professionals work achieve the knowledge level to provide best practice stroke care.
- 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.
- 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.
Power point presentations outlining the stroke best practices, the South West Stroke Project, and the impact of stroke realignment on the EMS were created to support the education of paramedics in each stroke district. This education template was shared with each EMS provider within the South West LHIN, where it was tailored with information specific to each service and staff.
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.
For more information please contact Jean Morrow, Regional Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 519-685-8500 ext. 34899