Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and time is one of the most important variables in treating stroke. A victim who is treated in the first few hours of a stroke has a significantly lower risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death than a person who must wait to be treated.
If a person arrives at the hospital with a stroke after hours, or when the neurologists are no longer available, our physicians can still have immediate access through the remote controlled camera and video Telestroke system. This allows them to perform immediate, real-time remote diagnosis and treatment to stroke victims. The neurologist is able to talk to the patient about what symptoms they are experiencing, evaluate the patient’s motor skills and view a computed tomography (CT) scan in order to make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment faster.