According to statistics compiled by the American Stroke Association in 2014, every year, approximately 690,000 Americans have a stroke while another 240,000 suffer a small to medium sized stroke which they are unaware of. In Taiwan, statistics compiled by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2015 show that cerebrovascular disease ranks third out of the top ten causes of death. It is also the leading cause of adult disability and consumes the third largest amount of life insurance resources. Cerebrovascular disease patients not only influence their family’s quality of life but also become a heavy burden due to the costs of subsequent medical cost and social resource.
Clinical findings in recent years have found that the age of stroke patients has been gradually declining. This shows that our citizens have inadequate knowledge of the complications associated with chronic diseases. Established in 2008, the Stroke Health Education Office has upheld the concept of “Holistic Care, Team Care, and Continuing Care” and implemented a multi-disciplinary medical team to serve stroke patients. Departments involved include the neurology department, neurosurgery department, emergency department, medical imaging department, rehabilitation department, nutrition therapy department and social service. Besides providing guidance in a variety of medical knowledge, we also follow up on patients who have been discharged and offer appropriate support and consultation to establish the best stroke care system.
This Annual Plan Book was established to allow the medical team members to better understand JCIA-CCPC acute stroke care, and follow the clinical guidelines to enhance the quality of medical care and reduce the complications of acute stroke.
The center is under the leadership of the vice superintendent of medicine. The team members include the neurology department, neurosurgery department, emergency department, internal medicine intensive care unit, stroke ward, nursing department, anesthesia department, pharmacy, rehabilitation department, nutrition therapy department, social worker, discharge service, infection control, information technology department, Quality Management Center and other professional health care workers.