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The Neurovascular Unit (NVU) at the Krembil Brain Institute was the first unit of its kind in Canada. We are designed to provide optimal treatment and begin recovery, for patients with stroke and neurovascular conditions, such as aneurysms and diseased blood vessels in the brain. We offer a 26 bed in-patient unit which includes 6 High Acuity Level II beds, for patients who require specialized monitoring and extra care and 4 telemetry beds for patients who require cardiac monitoring. We champion a vision of right environment, for the right patient at the right time.
We are also home to the
TAMS Unit - Toronto's only day unit for patients who experienced Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) and minor strokes.
We also maintain close ties with the
Stroke Prevention Clinic.
You need to be seen and admitted by a doctor at UHN to become a patient in our unit.
We are Canada's first neurovascular unit. The unit also works in collaboration with the Toronto Rehab (TR) stroke program to ensure that recovery is seamless and that the transition from acute care to complex continuing care maintains the highest level of expertise.
The Patient & Family Education Program at UHN offers valuable resources to help you understand your condition.
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Family and patient nutrition information sessions are held on the NVU weekly – please join us every Wednesday from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Learn about what to expect before, during and after your surgery, as well as preparing to return home, in UHN's
The Patient & Family Education Program at UHN offers valuable resources to help you understand your condition.
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All patients admitted to the NVU with a diagnosis of the following will receive a follow up hospital call approximately one month after discharge.
You can also find other services throughout UHN. Learn more about
patient and family services available throughout UHN.
For your stay, bring the following items. If you forget to bring anything with you or if you arrive in our inpatient unit after visiting our emergency department or transferring from another hospital, a friend or family member can bring the items after you have been admitted.
Documents and Information
Clothing and Personal Items
You may also want to bring:
We do not take responsibility for your money or valuables. If you choose to bring them into the hospital, you are doing so at your own risk.
An admitting clerk, intake coordinator or nurse will meet with you shortly after you arrive. They will welcome you and:
Monitoring Your HealthYour healthcare team will see you every day. We will talk with you about how you are doing and answer any questions you may have. If you want to speak with a member of your healthcare team at any other time, ask the nurse looking after you.You may have blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans or other tests performed during your stay. If we recommend that you receive any of these tests, we will discuss them with you in advance, and we will meet with you afterward to discuss the results.
We encourage you to have family members, friends and other supportive visitors during your stay. You are welcome to meet with visitors in your room, in the common lounge areas and in the visiting areas outdoors.UHN hospitals offer flexible visiting hours. Learn more about visiting patients at UHN »
Throughout our hospital, you and your family and other visitors can find a range of amenities to make your stay more enjoyable and comfortable. Learn more about amenities at UHN hospitals.
You will have a chance to tell us about your food preferences and allergies when you are admitted to the hospital. This information will be entered into our computer system, and your meals will take into account your preferences and allergies, as well as the diet plan specified by your doctor.
If you are taking any medications before you enter the hospital or if our healthcare professionals order new medications during your stay, we will provide your medications at the required times.
For each medication, you should know:
If you want to know more about your medications, you can ask your pharmacist, doctor or nurse at any time.
As your body heals, you may experience some pain and discomfort. Our goal is to make sure that you have as little pain as possible.Managing your pain can help your recovery. Pain management can:
To manage your pain, we need to know what you are feeling. You can describe your pain on a number scale, where "0" means "no pain" and "10" means "the worst pain you can imagine." You can also describe your pain with words like:
These words can help us understand and treat your pain.
It is important to wash your hands well and often while you are in the hospital. Washing your hands will reduce the chances that you will become sick or get an infection.It's okay to ask your doctor, nurse and other healthcare providers to wash or sanitize their hands using a gel hand sanitizer before examining you.You can learn more about infection control at UHN.
The length of your stay will be based on your healthcare team's assessment of your condition. Soon after you arrive on the unit, we will discuss with you and your family how long you will be staying.
The goal should be to work towards an average length of stay in the NVU of 5 days. Patients who have had ischemic strokes can expect an average stay of 3-5 days. Patients who have had a hemorrhagic stroke can stay an average of 5-7 days.
We will work with you and your family to start planning early for your discharge to help you make a safe and successful transition.At the end of your inpatient stay, we will give you any discharge instructions and a prescription for any medications you require.If you have any questions about your discharge or your care needs before you leave the hospital, don't be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
Medical Director: Dr. Frank Silver
Nurse Manager: Arlene Vasconcelos
Advanced Practice Nurse Educator: Maria Chiera-Lyle
Nurse Practitioner (NP): The NP is a registered nurse and is a licensed practitioner with additional training and education. The NP has the authority to diagnose, order and interpret your tests. He or she can also prescribe medicines and discharge you from the hospital. The NP helps to coordinate your care with other members of the healthcare team.
Registered Nurse (RN): Your nurse is responsible for your daily care. You will meet several nurses throughout your hospital stay. Your nurse can provide you with information or direct your questions to other members of the healthcare team as necessary. The nurses received special training to look after patients in the Neurovascular Unit (NVU).
Patient Care Assistants (PCA): PCAs help the nurses to provide the best patient care. They help with daily living tasks such as feeding, turning, bathing, and transferring.
Nurse Manager: The nurse manager is responsible for all the nurses, ward clerks and PCAs making sure that you receive good care. She is there to help you with any questions and concerns that you or your family may have.
Ward Clerks: Ward clerks are located at the nurse's station. They are your first contact when you come to the unit and are a good resource for you and your family.
Pharmacist: The pharmacist will work with your doctor and/or NP to decide what medicines you need. The pharmacist will teach you how to use these medicines and will answer your questions including medication benefits and side effects.
Physiotherapist (PT): The physiotherapist will assess:
The PT will create a treatment plan with you and other members of the health care team. The goal is to help you become a physically independent as possible.
Occupational Therapist (OT): The occupational therapist will assess how you will return to activities you need to/want to be able to do including:
The OT will create a treatment plan with you and other members of the health care team. The goal is to provide support so that you are as independent in your daily life as possible.
Research Team: The Toronto Western Hospital is a teaching hospital and is involved in many research studies. During your stay on the NVU, a Research Coordinator and doctor may talk to you and invite you to join a study if you qualify. You can choose whether or not you would like to join. If you do choose to join, you will be taken by the Research team as well as the rest of the regular NVU team members. If you decide not to participate, your care will not be affected in any way.
Medical students, residents and fellows also may be part of our team. Learn more about
health care professional trainees at UHN.
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.