Ontario Stroke Report Card,, 2009/10: South West Local Health Integration Network.pdf
Calling 911 improves outcomes
TORONTO, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Stroke Network today released
its report on delivery of stroke care in each of Ontario's 14 Local
Health Integration Networks (LHIN).
Residents of the South West LHIN are slowly getting the message but
aren't always dialing 911. The Ontario Stroke Evaluation Report
demonstrates that in 2010-11, roughly half of all people in the SW LHIN
who experienced the warning signs of stroke arrived at an emergency
department within the recommended 3.5 hours of symptom onset.
"The South West LHIN is pleased that so many people in our area are
recognizing the warning signs of stroke and taking action. This
increases their chances of receiving a clot busting drug that can
reduce the disability associated with stroke," said Michael Barrett,
CEO South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). We need to
continue to work with our communities to ensure more people are
arriving within this window of opportunity."
It is critical to call 911 since not all hospitals have diagnostic and
other necessary resources that enable them to provide the clot-buster,
known as tPA. Ambulance paramedics are trained to assess a person's
condition and may bypass the nearest hospital so the patient accesses a
facility that has capacity to diagnose and give tPA.
"Time is Brain; for every second a stroke is actively occurring , a
person loses about 30,000 brain cells", said Sharon Mytka, Director of
the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network. "That means 2 million brain
cells vanishing every minute." Mytka urges people to call 911 they
experience or see someone experiencing these warning signs of stroke,
even if temporary:
Sudden loss of strength or sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg
Sudden trouble speaking or understanding, or sudden confusion
Sudden trouble with vision
Sudden severe and unusual headache
Sudden loss of balance, especially with any of the above signs.
The report card released today by the Ontario Stroke Network is a call
to action. "We made steady gains in the majority of the report card
indicators", says Mytka, "Yet there is still much work to be done so
that we can deliver optimal care, prevent strokes through better risk
management, improve access to secondary prevention clinics, establish
more acute stroke units across the LHIN, and improve the access and
appropriateness of rehabilitation after stroke."
To this end the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network and the Southwest
LHIN are collaborating and developing strategies to facilitate the
system transformation that is needed. Regional forums with hospital
administrators and front line staff have started the dialogue for
The report card, both at the Provincial and South West LHIN levels, can
be found on the South West LHIN website in the Stroke Network
Backgrounder in the Newsroom section.
PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/06/18/20120618_C9809_DOC_EN_15238.pdf
SOURCE South West Local Health Integration Network
For further information:
Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network
519 685-8500, ext. 32214
South West LHIN
519 672-0445, ext. 2573
Toll-free: 1 866 294-5446