Abstract W P272: An Innovative Strategy for Providing Stroke Education to Patients With a Visual Impairment
Background and Purpose: An educational gap was identified at our institution when a patient with a chronic visual impairment was admitted for Ischemic Stroke. Contemporaneously, the hospital Stroke Committee came together to discuss this patient’s diagnosis and to discuss strategies for providing stroke education. The purpose of this project was to meet the stroke education and discharge planning needs of visually impaired patients utilizing an audio format. Two stroke committee members, in turn, designed an innovative strategy to offer stroke education to this specific patient population. In researching the availability of audio materials available for stroke patients, no resources were found from professional organizations or county centers for the blind. Approximately 30 patients per year are admitted to our hospital with a pre-existing visual impairment or suffer a visual defect post-stroke.
Methods: Several members of the hospital stroke committee volunteered to record the stroke education on CD’s. Topics covered during the audio recording ranged from stroke risk factors to complications, addressing all core measures. In order to secure funds to support this project, a hospital based grant was applied for and awarded in order to buy the necessary equipment including portable CD players and headphones. Patients were provided a CD player while hospitalized and given a personal CD player to take home. Finally, the staff members on our stroke unit were in-serviced on this project.
Results: Several patients have benefited from receiving this education since implementation, and our committee has received positive feedback from them. Since this was received so positively, the Stroke Committee made the commitment to expand the project beyond the visually impaired population by providing all stroke patients with the audio CD upon discharge. Patients now have an alternative method for reviewing this important education that meets their needs.
Conclusions: In conclusion, this innovation project was a satisfier for visually impaired patients. This particular patient population benefited from receiving their stroke specific education in a non-traditional and innovative format.
Author Disclosures: J. Cummins: None. C. Deitch: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.