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Stroke Guidelines and Best Practices Resource Guide

The Stroke Guidelines and Best Practices Resources Guide is a comprehensive list of peer-reviewed articles and web resources describing the prevention, emergency care, clinical treatment, medical management, and rehabilitation medicine for stroke.  Selected and reviewed by an expert panel representing neurology, rehabilitation medicine, neuroscience nursing, emergency nursing, and emergency medical services, the resources listed here were approved for publication by the Minnesota Stroke Partnership Steering Committee in May 2012. Updated April 2013.

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Minnesota EMS and ED Stroke Consensus Statement

The Minnesota EMS and ED Stroke Consensus Statement includes key principles for acute care management of patients presenting with stroke symptoms to hospitals in the state of Minnesota.  This statement includes recommendations for identification of stroke patients including facility capacities and transfers in addition to evidence-based interventions for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke management.  It was developed to be applicable to all Minnesota hospital emergency departments regardless of hospital size and/or location. Updated May 2012.

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Stroke Awareness and Education Resource Toolkit

This toolkit was created in 2009 as a resource guide for health educators to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke. It summarizes the free and fee-based materials available on the web and in print, and provides ideas for starting a stroke education campaign in your community. The toolkit includes direct links to websites with further information and materials, including those in other languages. We welcome your feedback on ways to improve this tool. Please click here to download the Stroke Awareness and Education Resource Toolkit (PDF: 976 KB/27 pages). Updated April 2013.

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Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Videos

These Public Service Announcements and Videos from the Minnesota Department of Health, the American Heart Association and the Ad Council are available for use by anyone. You can download videos off of YouTube for free using a website called www.keepvid.com.  Just paste the url of your video in the gray bar, and click the little gray “download” button on the right. Do NOT click the big Download/Upload buttons. Then Right Click on the file format video you want, and Save As.

Minnesota Department of Health

American Heart Association, Twin Cities Chapter

American Heart Association with the Ad Council

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Stroke Awareness Print Materials

In partnership with the Minnesota Stroke Association and Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Stroke Partnership has developed two tip cards and a poster.  One tip card features the Act FAST graphic and additional information about stroke signs & symptoms.  The second tip card provides tips on how to prevent a stroke.  Both of these messages are combined in the poster.

You can either choose the Standard versions with the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Stroke Association, and Minnesota Stroke Partnership logos, or choose to the Open Logo versions which can be co-branded with a hospital or organization name as long as the Minnesota Stroke Association and Minnesota Stroke Partnership logos are unaltered. Released in April 2013.

Standard Versions

Open Logo Versions

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Primary & Comprehensive Stroke Centers List and Map

Click here for a map of Certified Primary & Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Minnesota and bordering areas of adjacent states.

As of August 2014, the Comprehensive Stroke Centers shown on this map are:

  • North Memorial Medical Center (Robbinsdale)
  • Regions Hospital (St. Paul)

As of November 2014, the Primary Stroke Centers shown on this map are:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis)
  • Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth)
  • Fairview Southdale Hospital (Edina)
  • Hennepin County Medical Center (Minneapolis)
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato (Mankato)
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, St. Mary's Campus (Rochester)
  • Mercy Hospital (Coon Rapids)
  • Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital (St. Louis Park)
  • St. Cloud Hospital (St. Cloud)
  • St. John's Hospital (Maplewood)
  • St. Joseph's Hospital (St. Paul)
  • St. Luke's Hospital (Duluth)
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (Minneapolis)
  • United Hospital (St. Paul)
  • Unity Hospital (Fridley)
  • Woodwinds Hospital (Woodbury)
  • Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa (Mason City, IA)
  • Essentia Health Fargo (Fargo, ND)
  • Sanford Medical Center Fargo (Fargo, ND)
  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • Sanford USD Medical Center (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center (La Crosse, WI)
  • Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare (La Crosse, WI)

A full list of Primary & Comprehensive Stroke Centers is also available at websites for the three main healthcare accreditation organizations:

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Minnesota Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals

The Minnesota Department of Health initiated the Minnesota Stroke System in 2014, with the goal of provide Acute Stroke Ready designation for hospitals who do are not certified as Primary Stroke Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center. For more information on this program, please visit the Minnesota Stroke System website. Follow this link to see a list of hospitals currently designated by the Minnesota Department of Health as Acute Stroke Ready.

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CARF-Accredited Stroke Rehabilitation Programs

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services, including stroke specialty programs in medical rehabilitation. As of August 2013, the following facilities in and near Minnesota have CARF accreditation for their inpatient stroke speciality programs:

  • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis)
  • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at United Hospital (St. Paul)
  • Fairview Acute Rehabilitation Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center (Minneapolis)
  • Mayo Clinic Rehabilitation Unit at St. Marys Hospital (Rochester)
  • Miland E. Knapp Rehabilitation Center of Hennepin County Medical Center (Minneapolis)
  • Miller-Dwan Rehabilitation Center at Essentia Health Duluth (Duluth)
  • Minneapolis VA Health Care System: Physical Medicine and Rehab (Minneapolis)
  • Park Nicollet Health Services (St. Louis Park)
  • Regions Hospital Rehabilitation Institute (St. Paul)
  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • Sanford USD Medical Center (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Rehabilitation Services (La Crosse, WI)

A full list of CARF-accredited stroke specialty programs in a variety of settings is also available on the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities' website, www.carf.org.

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Stroke and Risk Factor Education Materials in Many Languages

Health Information Translations
Print education materials on Stroke, High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Atrial Fibrillation, and dozens of other topics are available in more than a dozen languages, including English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. In addition, there are Windows Media Files for Stroke, High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol in American Sign Language. Created by the Ohio State University Medical Center, Ohio Health, the Mount Carmel Foundation, and Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

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Hmong Language Stroke Education Materials

Healthy Roads Media
Print, multimedia, and audio education materials in Hmong, created in a collaboration with HmongHealth.org and funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Stroke Survivor Resources

National Stroke Association Online Resource Directory
Sponsored by the National Stroke Association, this online directory provides a listing of services for stroke survivors and caregivers.

MedLine Plus Go Local Minnesota Health Resource Directory

Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, National Institutes of Health, and the National Library of Medicine, this online directory provides a listing of health and medical services in Minnesota, including for stroke.

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Caregiver Resources

This stroke rehabilitation education handout, "Caregiver Tips for Working with a Stroke Survivor", was created in partnership with the Minnesota Stroke Association, and is available in English, Russian, Somali and Hmong.

Language Size
English PDF: 99 KB/1 page
Russian PDF: 136 KB/1 page
Somali PDF: 36 KB/1 page
Hmong PDF: 126 KB/1 page

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The Minnesota Stroke Partnership is coordinated by the Minnesota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Click here to visit the HDSP Unit website.

Announcements

Updated Stroke Guidelines and Best Practices Resource Guide

Updated Stroke Awareness and Education Resource Toolkit

New PSAs - Minnesota Department of Health and AHA/The Ad Council (YouTube)

New Stroke Awareness Print Materials


Contact

Please contact us for questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the website content or navigation.

James Peacock, PhD, MPH
Epidemiologist Principal
james.peacock@state.mn.us
Phone: (651) 201-5405

Mailing Address
Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul 55164-0882
Fax: (651) 201-5800


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