Telemedicine: When a Stroke Strikes, We Are Here
At Aiken Regional stroke patients now have 24/7 access to a stroke specialist thanks to Telestroke video conferencing
A stroke, or “brain attack”, is the third-leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S., according to the American Stroke Association. When a stroke happens, every minute matters — and an exam by a qualified neurologist is crucial. Through Aiken Regional’s Telestroke program, more patients can have lifesaving access to neurologists through the use of secure, high-speed video conferencing.
Stroke care relies on specialists in emergency neurology, who are not usually available 24/7. Aiken Regional’s Telestroke program uses secure, high-speed video links to provide ED physicians with immediate, around-the-clock access to a board certified neurologist at Georgia Regents Medical Center.
Telestroke enables ED physicians and patients to see and interact with the on-call neurologist. The specialist can examine patients, review test results and initiate treatment in real time, without physically being in the hospital, so that the next level of treatment, like the clot-busting medication tPA, can be immediately administered.
Through image sharing technology, Telestroke allows ED physicians to instantly transmit a patient’s blood test results, CT scans and medical history, enabling the neurologist to make a complete and accurate diagnosis, just as if he or she were in the room.
Now patients can receive rapid, highly specialized care that was previously available only at large stroke centers. Increasing access to stroke specialists gives everyone a better chance of surviving a stroke, no matter where they live.
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