Background and Issues: The West Virginia University (WVU) Medicine Stroke EducationTeam (SET) provides innovative stroke education to Nursing and Ancillary staff. The 2015 WVU Stroke Care Fair emphasized broadening all caregivers’ knowledge of the patient experience from the community to rehabilitation. The title “A Travelers Guide through Stroke Care” was chosen to highlight the patient’s journey and transition through the phases of stroke treatment and recovery.
Purpose: The goal of the Stroke Fair is to educate the interdisciplinary team on the various aspects of stroke recognition, care and recovery. This enhanced understanding improves transitions of care, compliance with performance measures and better patient outcomes by facilitating best practice in stroke care.
Methods: The SET meets monthly for planning and developing stroke education. The highlight of our educational year is the annual Stroke Fair. The 2015 Stroke Fair used a transportation model to present information in a fun and engaging format. Various modes of transportation represented the stages of the journey. Each site was stationed by a SET member who escorted the participants along their leg of the journey and took on the role of the method of transportation assigned to that section. Four one-hour lectures were provided. The community and ED were represented by the helicopter team. The ICU took on the role of mountain climbers. The in-hospital care was symbolized by a train ride. Participants then sailed to the rehabilitation journey.
Results: One hundred twelve staff members from Nursing, Pharmacy, Care Management, Rehabilitation Services, and Health Information Management participated. Evaluation comments included: “Provided a view of the big picture”
“Learned more about appropriate hand-off of care”
“I learned how to utilize CPG”
“Stroke Fair is awesome as usual”
“Great props and costumes”
“This is always so fun; appreciate the creativity and enthusiasm from the whole group”
Conclusions: The WVU SET believes providing quality stroke education contributes to our continued best practice as evidenced by receipt of the Gold Plus GWTG award, Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite award and our Magnet Hospital status.