Lakewood Health System now provides Telestroke services to patients thanks to a partnership with St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center. Telestroke uses video conferencing technology to allow a stroke neurologist from St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center to evaluate a patient in another hospital, view diagnostic scans and recommend treatment.
Through Telestroke, interventions such as intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) medication can quickly be administered to break up clots. It is considered the first line of treatment for acute ischemic stroke but it must be administered within a four-and-a-half-hour window from the onset of symptoms to work best. IV tPA is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drug for the treatment of acute ischemic strokes.
“At Lakewood Health System patients are able to have a real-time evaluation by a St. Cloud Hospital stroke neurologist via Telestroke,” said Lakewood Acute Stroke Ready Coordinator, Carrie Althman, RN. “The capabilities of this evaluation allow for faster treatment, and improve the patients’ outcome from a stroke”.
Telestroke services, available 24/7, saves valuable time and brain which allows patients to recover quicker and suffer less disability.
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