June is Stroke Month!

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (2015), someone in Canada suffers a stroke every 9 minutes.  VCH and PHC have made tremendous progress in terms of system improvements as well as implementing treatment breakthroughs over the past several years to meet these increasing demands.  Some highlights include:

  • Developing ambulance transport algorithms: in partnership with BCEHS, these processes clearly define where patients should go based on their symptoms and timing of symptoms.
  • Providing Endovascular Therapy (EVT): This past year VGH has performed approximately 90 procedures.
  • Supporting Telestroke: VGH provides telestroke services for Powell River, Chilliwack and Peace Arch Hospitals, with Sechelt Hospital to come on board next.
  • Launching the Code Stroke Nurse: this program began in March at VGH.   There is now a code stroke nurse available 24/7
  • Implementing best practice algorithms and protocols: new positioning sheets, consistent depression screening, upper extremity management protocols, client centred goal setting processes and alphaFIM (standardized, functional)  scoring have all contributed to ensuring our patients are receiving consistent, high quality care.

Two new programs

With all of these improvements, survival rates following stroke have dramatically increased.  Access to post stroke rehabilitation services and supports is integral to ensuring individuals continue to progress and recover.  To meet the increasing needs of this population, VCH is launching 2 new programs this June:

Together in Movement and Exercise (TIMETM )

  • This program is a partnership between VCH and the YMCA
    • This is an evidenced based group exercise program designed for adults living with stroke, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis or other mobility concerns
    • It runs for 12 weeks, with 2x hour long sessions per week
    • Date: June 20- September 7 (every Tuesdays and Thursday)
    • Time: 1:30-2:30
    • Location: Robert Lee (downtown) YMCA
    • Class size: 12 participants with a participant to instructor ration of 4:1
    • Requirements: participants must be able to walk 10m with or without a gait aid

Please help make this program a success! Clients can self-refer by:

 TIDES Rehab (Telehealth Innovation Deployment Education and Sustainment)

    • A new early coordinated discharge program designed to improve access to allied health rehab services for clients living in the rural and remote areas of our region.
    • This program will use a new innovative care model that leverages technology to deliver healthcare services virtually.
    • The program is being rolled out over three phases. Phase one is now accepting referrals from:
      • Lion’s Gate Hospital Rehab departments
      • GF Strong Rehab Centre
      • Holy Family Hospital
    • The team consist of:
      • SLP 1.0FTE, PT 0.5FTE, OT 1.0FTE located on the Sunshine Coast serving all rural communities
      • PT 0.5FTE for Central Coast (Bella Bella/Bella Coola)
      • 3 Rehab Assistants 1.0FTE each , in Sunshine Coast, Powell River, and Sea to Sky
      • Rehab Assistant 0.4FTE in Bella Coola
    • For more information about eligibility criteria or to make a referral, please contact TIDES at: 604-885-8690
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