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A variety of videos are available to support the health care provider to implement stroke best practices into everyday clinical care. This page showcases videos developed for that purpose and houses videos created by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network to support the uptake of stroke best practices in our region.


Created in 2011 by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network for its Acute Care Forum, this video illustrates the journeys of two patients, one of whom who was received specialised stroke services and one who did not. It is intended to leave the viewer questioning whether the implementation of stroke best practices are really an option.

Please share these videos with your patients and colleagues to spread the word about the importance of calling 911 if they think they’re having a stroke. They must not walk in, or drive, or have someone drive them to emergency as this wastes valuable time. Instead, they must call 911 so the paramedics can quickly take them to the right hospital for the best possible stroke care and the best possible recovery.

View F.A.S.T. Videos

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSF)  produces webinars that promote the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations. The target audience for these webinars is the healthcare provider.

Webinars are recorded and available for later viewing. Hyperlinks to these videos can be found on the www.strokebestpractices.ca, and are updated as additional videos are released

Visit Canadian Stroke Best Practice Webinars Page

As part of the phase two of the Healthy Lifestyle Education project lead by VON Canada, representatives from the Ontario Stroke Network Community and Long Term Care, Rehabilitation and Education Coordinators developed a two part webinar series on Stroke and Exercise that was delivered earlier. The two-part educational webinar aimed to help service providers learn about more about stroke.

Stroke and Exercise: Part A

The first video introduces the functioning of the brain, reviews stroke risk factors, and discusses the effects of stroke.

Stroke and Exercise: Part B

The second video reviews the benefits of exercise for persons with stroke, the need for stroke specific exercise classes, the impact of stroke on a person’s ability to exercise, and specific precautions and important safety tips.

The Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) has created a series of white board videos to share general information on stroke and information on stroke best practices in a user-friendly, easily accessible format.

Videos can target either the public or healthcare professionals depending on its content. The OSN continues to upload new videos, so be sure to check its youtube channel to see if new ones become available in it’s rapidly expanding library.

Whiteboard videos currently available (to the best of our knowledge):

  • Signs of Stroke
  • Stroke by the Numbers
  • Stroke and F.A.S.T.
  • Stroke and Dementia
  • Rehab Intensity: Every Minute Counts
  • Vascular Journey (Short)
  • Vascular Journey

Visit Ontario Stroke Network Youtube Channel

In 2012, the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network hosted a Rehabilitation Intensity Forum entitled, “Time is Function”. A 30-minute video was created for this forum to illustrate the impact of increased therapy time and the strategies different rehabilitation programs within the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network region have developed to enhance the rehabilitation intensity provided at their centre.

Time is Function Part 1: Stroke Best Practice Guidelines

In this video, you’ll hear unscripted comments from stroke survivors, family caregivers, health care providers and managers to learn how different teams are making best practices come to life.

Time is Function 2: Strategies to Achieve Stroke Best Practice

In this video, stroke survivors, family caregivers, and health care providers speak of the positive impact of extended therapy and practice times.

Time is Function 3: Stroke Recovery, What Matters Most

In this video, stroke survivors, caregivers, health care providers, and managers discuss what strategies they have found helpful in recovery and rehab intensity.