Select Page
Strong Social Circles Shorten Stays in Stroke Rehab Facilities

Strong Social Circles Shorten Stays in Stroke Rehab Facilities

Rachel Lutz | https://www.hcplive.com/

When stroke or lower extremity surgery patients have strong social and family support, they often spend less time in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, according to findings presented in the journal Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston conducted a retrospective cohort study of inpatient rehabilitation facility patients recovering from strokes or lower extremity surgeries in order to discover the patterns in shorter and longer than expected lengths of stay in these facilities. The researchers additionally wanted to examine the independent effects of social support on deviations from expected lengths of stay.

The study authors included 119,437 Medicare fee for service beneficiaries who were discharged from inpatient rehab centers in 2012 after their strokes, lower extremity fractures or lower extremity joint replacements. (more…)

Sutter Lakeside Hospital’s Project: Sharing the important knowledge while creating the buzz

Sutter Lakeside Hospital’s Project: Sharing the important knowledge while creating the buzz

Following the news about Sutter Lakeside Hospital’s from Lakeport (USA) staff hitting the streets to bring preventative education to Lake County, we spoke with Sandra Levy, SAFE Vice President.

r23-nur-tr-nurse_teaching_patient

Image credit: nursingschoolhub.com

Sutter Lakeside Hospital’s Project
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 13, hospital staff members pledged to educate five friends or family members about the signs and symptoms of stroke using key ring tabs printed with the “BE FAST” acronym. Over 300 staff members are participating in this project. Staff are participating in the grass roots education initiative as part of SLH’s yearly education fair, a time when staff refresh clinical skills through presentations and hands-on practice.
Sutter Lakeside Hospital serves as the only Certified Stroke Center in Lake County, and uses telemedicine technology to connect patients with top neurointerventionalists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

According to Sandra Levy, it is hard to say if it could be generalized to other places, but it’s an interesting idea – very beneficial for Health Centre staff to maintain their contact with the community at large and feel responsible for preventing strokes to the best of their ability. Obviously it is also very beneficial for  the public, firstly because of the crucial knowledge they gain and the “buzz” around stroke in the area, leading to more awareness concerning stroke stroke in general and warning signs in particular. The credibility of such a program may be higher if those recruited to inform others were not allied with a private, profit making institution.

It would be interesting to try and create a pyramid for such an activity (having each person informed pass on  the information to 5 of his friends) or model of “crowd funding”  for recruiting volunteers to do so, said Sandra, adding that she would like to see more accuracy with Sutter Lakeside Hospital’s figures, as the “window” for emergency treatment preventing debilitating effects after a stroke is today generally accepted as 4,5 hours for patients eligible for thrombolytic therapy and 6 hours for those eligible for trombectomy.
Obviously the quicker one arrives at emergency care, the higher the chances of complete recovery, she concluded.

Grassroots program builds stroke awareness

Grassroots program builds stroke awareness

By Morgen Wells

LAKEPORT >> Sutter Lakeside Hospital staff are hitting the streets to bring preventative education to Lake County.

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 13, hospital staff members will pledge to educate five friends or family members about the signs and symptoms of stroke using key ring tabs printed with the “BE FAST” acronym. Over 300 staff members are participating. (more…)

Brain cell death mechanism for stroke, Alzheimer’s identified

Brain cell death mechanism for stroke, Alzheimer’s identified

Written by Hannah Nichols
Published: Friday 7 October 2016 at www.medicalnewstoday.com

Different triggers spark stroke, injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases, but the molecular chain of events responsible for brain cell death in these conditions are the same. Johns Hopkins researchers have isolated the single protein at the end of the chain that delivers the fatal blow and hacks up a cell’s DNA.
The findings – published in the journal Science – could pave the way for new therapies to stop the process in its tracks and potentially prevent brain cell death. (more…)