Bringing the ER to the stroke patient!

mobile stroke

We are trying to do a better job educating our patients about the warning signs of stroke, and that if they think they might be having a stroke they should act FAST and call 911 to get to the ER as soon as possible.

Stroke

However, despite these efforts only 5% of US stroke patients get to the ER in time to receive clot busting therapy to treat their stroke.  Furthermore, the quicker the drug is given, the better the outcome, TIME IS BRAIN!

time is brain

We would like to see patients getting treated within one hour of the onset of their stroke, but because of the time it takes to get to the hospital and get evaluated in the ER this is rarely possible.

A pilot study in Texas is looking at getting stroke therapy administered faster by bringing the ER to the stroke patient.

mobile stroke

The project brings a mobile CT scanner and a stroke neurologist (via telemedicine) to the patient in a specially equipped ambulance.  The investigators hope to see stroke patients getting treated faster and improved outcomes.

Advertisements

Teleneurology – Get specialist care faster!

telemed1

We have already blogged about the importance of getting thromolytic therapy as quickly as possible for acute stroke.

ambulance

We have urged you to call 911, and get to the hospital by Ambulance.

Certified stroke centers, like Monmouth Medical Center, have established protocols to get brain scans and blood work done as quickly as possible.

But what about if the Neurologist can’t get to the hospital quickly enough?

jwj Obama 00510

Suppose it’s late in the evening on July 4th, and the Neurologist gets stuck in traffic driving to the hospital.

time is brain

You’re sitting in the emergency room with a stroke losing precious minutes.

Teleneurology allows the Neurologist to use a secure video conferencing system to examine and counsel an emergency room patient from wherever he or she may be:

Find out more about the benefits of teleneurology.

Monmouth Medical Center is currently investing in telemedicine and teleneurology to improve patient care.

Watch this space for more information!