Canadian Stroke Network

Canadian Stroke Network

October 31, 2011 08:30 ET

Canadian Stroke Network Chooses to Deliver Evidence-Based Care to the Bedside

Partnership Will Ensure Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care Are at the Fingertips of Health Professionals

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 31, 2011) - The Canadian Stroke Network and are pleased to announce a partnership to deliver improved health care to patients from coast to coast. By using's advanced order set technology, the Canadian Stroke Network will be able to facilitate the delivery of the latest scientific research directly to the patient bedside.

The CSN stroke order sets are detailed, evidence-based checklists that allow doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals to quickly and easily specify appropriate and evidence-based screening activities, diagnostic testing and interventions for patients presenting to hospital with acute stroke or transient ischemic attack. Order sets will be available for acute stroke management in the emergency department, administration of thrombolysis agents, admission to a stroke unit, admission to a rehabilitation unit, and secondary stroke prevention. provides its client hospitals with a comprehensive web-based order set technology that includes:

  • A reference library of hundreds of evidence-based order sets, developed in partnership with organizations like the Canadian Stroke Network, who are the experts in evidence-based care for their patients
  • Libraries of hospital-customized order sets that allow hospitals to share and learn from each other
  • Software that allows clinicians to complete order sets using computers and/or mobile tablet devices
  • Analytics software that lets clinicians view comparative data on their use of order sets's client hospitals are part of a network of more than 160 health-care organizations that work directly with peer hospitals, clinicians and specialty medical organizations like the Canadian Stroke Network to share order sets and maintain evidence-based best practices. The adoption of evidence-based order sets has been independently shown to significantly reduce patient length of stay in hospitals, reduce readmission rates to hospital, and improve patient outcomes. is endorsed by the Ontario Hospital Association as a best practice for hospitals.

Dr. Patrice Lindsay, the Canadian Stroke Network's Director of Performance and Standards, said "The winner in this partnership is the stroke patient – whether on Vancouver Island or PEI, they'll have access to the best evidenced-based care. We're very proud to be able to take our research and guidelines to the next level with to improve people's lives."

Dr. Chris O'Connor, President of said, "It's an honour to be working with the Canadian Stroke Network to improve stroke care. Together, we will bridge the gap between research and practice. And everyday, new hospitals are joining us because they understand that we're stronger when we work together."

About the Canadian Stroke Network:

The Canadian Stroke Network ( brings together Canada's leading scientists and clinicians to reduce the physical, social and economic impact of stroke on the lives of individual Canadians and on society as a whole. Headquartered at the University of Ottawa, the Canadian Stroke Network is one of Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence.

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