A full house of health care providers at the Stoke Management workshop, yesterday, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital auditorium. (A.Miller/BGIS)

Health care providers in Barbados took some time out yesterday to discuss the importance of record keeping in relation to strokes, and the importance of diagnosis and management of clients who have suffered from a stroke.

Doctors, Nurses and Records Officers participated in a workshop on Stroke Management, which was held in the Auditorium of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, as part of a series of training programmes organised by the Barbados National Registrar (BNR) for Chronic Non-Communicable Disease (CNCD) under the leadership and guidance of the National NCD Commission of Barbados.

While delivering remarks to health care providers, Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, underscored the importance of analysing data collected from patient notes in both primary and tertiary care, as well as death certificates.

"…I encourage health care professionals both in the public and private sectors to be involved.?? This data can be used in various aspects of public health, for example, contribute to the health profile of a population, to determine the leading causes of illness

and death; to identify incident cases, in particular sub-populations, and to determine the potential years of life lost.??

"In a country such as Barbados, where there is free public health care for all citizens, it is important to have accurate health-related data, as this can influence policies regarding health education, primary and secondary prevention, training of medical staff, purchasing hospital equipment and pharmaceuticals, as well as medical research," he observed.

Dr. George also pointed out that the data was used to make regional and international comparisons, and it was, therefore, vital that the surveillance system in Barbados met international standards.

Topics discussed during the seminar included Rehabilitation, Thrombolysis, and Haemorrhagic Stroke.


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