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Stroke Management Workshop 2012

Continuing Medical Education

On Wednesday 13 June 2012, the BNR held a stroke management workshop in the auditorium of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This seminar was the latest installment in the BNR’s continuing medical education series. Attendees at the workshop were eligible for three continuing medical education credits from the Caribbean College of Family Physicians and three continuing professional education credits from the Barbados Medical Council.

Continuing Medical Education Stroke workshop 2012

 The stroke workshop was very well attended with over 200 medical personnel participating. The first presenter was Prof. David Corbin, consultant neurologist at the QEH and Clinical Stroke Director of the BNR. Prof Corbin gave an overview of stroke medicine, spoke on how to recognize the various subtypes of stroke and discussed the importance of thrombolysis as the first treatment response for stroke victims.

 Presentations were also made by Dr. Winston Batson of the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) and Dr. Lynda Williams, Consultant/Trainer of the BNR. Dr. Batson spoke about the role of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre at the HSF; and Dr. Lynda Williams used examples from patient records to illustrate the importance of proper documentation to help physicians make accurate stroke diagnoses. 

The panel discussion from the workshop yielded interesting comments and observations. Notably, the QEH has formulated a stroke management committee that plans to establish at specialized stroke unit at the hospital to improve the standard of care given to patients. Prof David Corbin and several other members of the committee, recently visited Trillium Health Centre, Ontario in Canada to observe how that centre’s stroke unit operated.

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