New acute stroke service put to the test

A team of health professionals assessing a 'patient' during a clinical simulation
Members of the NIISwa team work alongside St John Ambulance officers and anaesthetists to assess the ‘patient’ as an observer watches on.
September 29, 2016

A new specialised stroke management service due to commence at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) later this year has been put through its paces with a clinical scenario test at the hospital.

The exercise simulated the journey of an acute stroke patient from arrival in an ambulance through to assessment in the Emergency Department, CT scan and treatment by the Neurological Intervention and Imaging Service of WA (NIISwa) team.

NIISwa is a statewide specialist neuroradiology service operating across multiple sites, with a recently announced expansion to include FSH. It provides highly effective, world-leading treatment for acute stroke patients.

Head of NIISwa Dr Con Phatouros said with strokes being such a time-critical event, it was important to test systems and processes to ensure all teams were working in a coordinated way.

“A vast range of services are involved in the initial care of acute stroke patients including St John Ambulance, the Emergency Department, Neurology, the Stroke team, Medical Imaging, Anaesthesia, ICU, patient support services and more,” Dr Phatouros said.

“Due to the sudden and complex nature of strokes, it is incredibly important that all of these people and services are working together to ensure each patient receives the best possible care.”

He said the test was a valuable learning exercise that would help to ensure a safe patient journey when the service commences at FSH.