Acute Stroke Unit
Building on the hyper-acute stroke work implemented last year, the Acute Stroke Unit opened at UH. This is part of the LHSC Stroke Care Work Plan which encompasses a number of projects and initiatives that execute the LHSC Stroke Strategy to “ensure LHSC regains its reputation as an internationally recognized centre for clinical and academic excellence in the diagnosis and management of stroke patients.”
The Acute Stroke Unit has 18 ward beds co-located on 7IP. Our team will provide specialized stroke care that meets the standards of the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Guidelines to improve upon the outcomes of stroke survivors. “Our team provides specialized stroke care that meets the standards of the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Guidelines which will improve the outcomes of stroke survivors”, says Robin Patterson, Manager, CNS Inpatient. “Rather than just five days a week, we now have stroke patients receiving care seven days a week from an inter-professional group of experts including: Dietitians, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work and Speech Language Pathology.”
Within the best practice guidelines, our goal will be to receive all patients with strokes at UH. The stroke project team continues to work with partners in the community to enhance the experience of patients and families as they recover from stroke.
So much has already been accomplished, is currently underway and their is still more important work for stroke care remaining ahead.