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BNR Stroke Seminar 2014

The 2014 BNR Stroke flyer

 Development in Acute Stroke Management at the QEH Seminar Report

 The BNR, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and QEH, provided an interactive training seminar which allowed public and private physicians as well as non-consultant medical staff at the QEH and at polyclinics to either review or update their knowledge about stroke management and to be informed of the new methods of treatment. The seminar was officially opened on 28th August 2014 by Dr Kenneth George, CMO (Ag). There was an extremely good turnout for the seminar, with a total of about 195 participants.

This year’s seminar focused on the management of stroke patients, specifically those treated within the QEH. Since the first stroke seminar, held in 2012, a stroke unit has been established at the QEH in August 2013 and from April 2014, thrombolysis of stroke patients that meet the desired criteria has begun.

 

Prof. David Corbin spoke about the importance of stroke unit care, the creation of QEH stroke unit and briefly highlighted the number of admissions to the stroke unit within its first year. Ms Angela Rose gave an update on BNR stroke. She told the audience of the incidences of missing data, in relation to first-ever strokes (FES) and aspirin use. She closed her presentation with the monthly mortality and 28-day case fatality rate (CFR) 2009-2011. Ms Cheryl Mapp, speech and language pathologist spoke about the management of acute dysphagia, discussing the signs and causes of dysphagia, complications, bedside swallow evaluation and diet modifications. Mr John Gill spoke to the role of neurosurgery and when surgery may make a difference in acute stroke management. Dr Chaynie Williams’ presentation featured pre thrombolysis challenges, tPA administration protocol and the analysis of stroke patients in A&E and their treatment. Dr Kester Nedd covered modern approaches in neurological rehabilitation, thrombolytic therapy, neuropharmacology and nonpharmacologic interventions.

 Sincere thanks to Prof. Corbin for his valuable assistance in planning this year’s seminar. We would also like to thank the presenters who gave of their time to provide a stimulating and flexible programme for participants. Thanks also to all participants for your support of the seminar. We gratefully acknowledge the BNR team who worked diligently to provide administrative support to the seminar in a timely and professional manner!

 

 
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