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Accreditation Canada Distinction Standards

Acute Stroke Services Distinction is a rigorous and highly specialized accreditation program based on in-depth clinical performance measures and protocols. Stroke Distinction is for organizations and programs that demonstrate excellence and leadership in stroke care.

  • Requires the use of a testing protocol to screen and document a client's swallowing ability, as part of the initial assessment and prior to oral intake of food, fluids, or medications.
  • Requires the referral of clients with features indicating dysphagia or pulmonary aspiration for assessment of their swallowing ability by a speech-language pathologist for advice on their swallowing ability and consistency of diet and fluids.