Volume 27, Issue 3 ,2006

Saving costs using an ounce of prevention: Introduction of a regional stroke prevention clinic
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By Susan Bisaillon, André Douen, Barbara Neabel, Nicole Pageau, and Dan Selchen


Abstract

Trillium Health Centre (THC) is one of Canada’s largest community hospitals and a regional provider of tertiary-level cardiac, neuroscience, and orthopedic care. In 2001, it was named one of nine Regional Stroke Centres in Ontario, with a mandate to coordinate stroke services across the continuum of care in keeping with best practices in the west Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Within its role as a Regional Stroke Centre, THC has successfully implemented an innovative approach to the delivery of stroke prevention services in its regional catchment area. Building on best practices, it has introduced a specialized and interdisciplinary team to provide timely and effective primary and secondary prevention services. The rapid growth in utilization to more than 2,000 patients in the last fiscal year (2004-2005), suggests that the clinic is meeting a real need in the community for stroke prevention services. Many of these patients now benefit from appropriate medical management, stroke awareness education, lifestyle counselling, and expedited referrals to other specialists. The Regional Stroke Prevention Clinic (RSPC) may be the first step in preventing a stroke, thus avoiding the social costs to people with strokes and their families, and the financial burden on the health care system.

Key words: stroke clinic, lifestyle modification, population health, stroke prevention, regional approach



The role of the nurse in an ambulatory stroke and cognition clinic
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By BettyAnn R. Flogen, Bianca Stern, and Laura M. Wagner


Abstract

In this paper we described our approach to the development of the role of a nurse within a stroke and cognition ambulatory clinic at Baycrest. In developing this approach we integrated Baycrest’s commitment to clients and family-focused care, our focus on interdisciplinary collaborative practice, the position of the post-rehabilitation clinic in the continuum of care, the clinical experience of the nurse and director, and the relevant scholarly literature. The role of the nurses in the stroke and cognition clinic includes assessment, interdisciplinary care planning, client/family support, and knowledge transfer.

Key words: cerebral vascular accident, nursing role, ambulatory care