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Provincial Organized Stroke Care Program

Prince Edward Island’s Organized Stroke Care program promotes a coordinated approach to early detection and assessment of warning signs of stroke, and timely access to appropriate treatments and specialized health care providers.

  • Reduce the incidence of stroke on PEI
  • Reduce deaths and disabilities due to stroke
  • Reduce the financial burden of stroke
  • Improve recovery from stroke
  • Improve the quality of life for stroke survivors

Implementation (2009-2013):
Phase One:  Provincial-level Services (complete) 
  • Provincial Stroke Care Coordinator position
  • Provincial Acute Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitations Units at QEH
  • Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic at PCH (pilot program)

Phase Two: Ambulatory Stroke Services (implementation nearly complete)
  • Ambulatory (outpatient) stroke rehab services QEH and PCH
  • Provincial stroke rehabilitation assessment clinic
  • Provincial Secondary Stroke Prevention Services

Phase Three: Community Re-integration Services (in planning process)
  • Access to therapy  (out-patient or in-home)
  • Community support services

Progress to date:
So far, early results have shown positive impacts, including:

  • Improved access to in-hospital acute stroke care – 72% of stroke patients were admitted to the Acute Stroke Unit at the QEH in 2012* (↑ from 54% in 2010).
  • Improved access to stroke rehabilitation assessment – 81% of stroke patients received rehabilitation assessment within the recommended 48-hour benchmark in 2012* (↑ from 62% in 2010).
  • Decreased average length of hospital stay for ischemic stroke patients – 21.8 days in hospital** (↓ from 27.4 days in 2009).
  • Decreased average length of hospital stay for hemorrhagic stroke patients – 37.3 days in hospital **(↓ from 45.1 days in 2009).
  • More stroke patients able to return home following rehabilitative hospital care – 82% of stroke patients were able to return home **(↑ from 63% in 2008).
  • Continue to strengthen program partnership with other health care initiatives, services and stakeholders.
  • Overall, patients are reporting that they are satisfied with the stroke-related care they are receiving.

     *   preliminary data for first six months of 2012 calendar year
     ** data for 2011 calendar year

Recent News:
Online survey seeks stroke survivor and caregiver experiences to help with program planning
July 18, 2013

Input needed from caregivers of stroke survivors
July 3, 2013

Quality and access to timely stroke care services improving
June 27, 2013

Stroke survivor experiences important to next phase of provincial organized stroke care program
May 14, 2013

  About Stroke
  PEI Integrated Stroke Strategy - Changing Systems: Improving Lives, August 2006
  Passport to Health {French}
  Heart and Stroke Foundation of PEI
  Canadian Best Practices for Stroke Care

Health PEI - Four Neighborhoods Health Centre, Charlottetown  CHARLOTTETOWN Sherry Pickering, Provincial Stroke Coordinator
Four Neighbourhoods Health Centre
152 St. Peters Road, PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

T: (902) 368-6527
F:  (902) 368-6936
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