November 27, 2014
LHSC’s Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit with a focus on the role of the tPA nurse was presented in the poster session at the 5th Canadian Stroke Congress held in Vancouver in early October. The Canadian Stroke Congress is a uniquely Canadian forum in which participants reflecting “bench-to-bedside-to-community” perspectives of stroke can exchange ideas, collaborate, and learn about innovation in stroke prevention, treatment, and recovery.
“This was an opportunity for us to profile our stroke care work at LHSC”, says Gina Tomaszewski, Regional Stroke Network Coordinator. “Our approach with a nurse dedicated to tPA administration was noted as a novel approach with lots of interest generated from the participants.”
Other authors on the poster included: Mike Berta, Paula Gilmore, Breeda O'Farrell, Debara Pastushuk, Megan Rempel, Lynda Ryall-Henke, Cathy Vandersluis and Dr. Jennifer Mandzia.
The creation of the Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit has led to improved performance in the hyper-acute phase; increased engagement and interest in stroke among the broader team, improved door to needle times, and enhanced job satisfaction for CNS tPA nurses.
LHSC’s Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit along with Code Stroke was recently featured in the London Free Press.
LHSC participants (l to r): Gina Tomaszewski, Regional Stroke Network Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Mandzia, Neurology, Megan Rempel, tPA RN Inpatient Neurology and Debara Pastushuk, Coordinator Inpatient Neurology attended the Canadian Stroke Congress to present on LHSC’s Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit.