Read recent letters to the editor from Islanders in support of the urgent need for an acute stroke unit on PEI
Acute Stroke Unit Would Offer
by Charlotte Comrie, CEO Heart and Stroke Foundation of Prince Edward iIland
The summer of 2006 marked the launch of the PEI Integrated Stroke Strategy, the culmination of several years of research, collaboration and hard work by staff and volunteers of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Prince Edward Island and the provincial Department of Health.
Good news for Islanders, the stroke strategy offers a proactive and coordinated approach to individuals with stroke. In the simplest terms, what this means is access to appropriate, high quality stroke care, delivered in a timely manner.
The group responsible for developing the PEI Integrated Stroke Strategy continues to monitor its progress. While encouraged with the implementation of several recommendations, particularly the availability of the clot-buster drug t-PA at both Queen Elizabeth and Prince County Hospitals, they are now anxious to see another of the strategy’s 19 recommendations implemented.
This recommendation, calling for an acute stroke unit at the
There is compelling proof from centres that offer treatment for stroke in dedicated hospital units, that complications, the most common cause of death in these patients, occur far less frequently in patients cared for in stroke units. Multi-disciplinary teams on stroke units are highly skilled in assessing patients’ health status after stroke, and their range of expertise offers patients the best possible chance for optimum recovery after a stroke.
Experts also point to
We need to begin now to develop the infrastructure that will be critical to our ability to deal with this potential increase in demand for stroke care on
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