Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Friday, April 27, 2018

New support team to help stroke victims - Cork, Ireland

But they don't tell you the results of the rehab that is being provided.  No clue how good or bad it is. How many got 100% recovered? That is the measurement criteria, NOT 'better' or 'greater'.
http://www.eveningecho.ie/corknews/New-support-team-to-help-stroke-victims-1ebdd8d0-ce68-46f4-8f4f-59d0081d5e57-ds
A NEW Early Supported Discharge Team for stroke survivors has been operating in the Cork area, providing at-home treatment and rehabilitation for patients in the community.
The team, made up of occupational therapists and physiotherapists, has enabled patients to be discharged earlier from hospital and receive their stroke rehabilitation in their own home.
“This has lead to better outcomes(weasel words) for the patient as the best place to learn skills and adapt to your home environment is in your own home,” said Occupational Therapy (OT) manager for CUH, Megan Goodall.
“Patients who experience their rehabilitation in their own home achieve greater independence(weasel words) in everyday activities of daily living and less need for nursing home care. This has also lead to a reduction in the length of stay in hospital for patients and thus increasing the number of beds available for other patients being admitted,” she added.
The team provide in-home treatment and rehab for up to six patients a day in the Cork region.
A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is cut off.
This deprives the brain of oxygen, which can cause cells to die and can result in loss of mobility.
Fortunately, treatment such as occupational therapy and physiotherapy can be used to address these issues and provide a higher quality of life.
“It’s a great help to the patients who are delighted to be getting treatment at home, in the comfort of their own familiar surroundings,” said senior physiotherapist at CUH, Marie Condon.
“In hospitals, patients can become bored or they may not be sleeping.
“But at home they’re relaxed and with family and friends,” she added.
The team, based out of Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital have been up and running since January.
“It’s so important to provide intense physio and occupational therapy early on,” said Ms Condon.
“It can lead to great improvements for stroke survivors and ensure a greater quality of life.
“The people we visit on a daily basis are delighted with the service we provide and grateful that they can get treatment in their own homes,” she added.
This week marks National Stroke Awareness Week in Ireland.
One-in-five people will have a stroke at some time in their life.

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