Lakewood Health System now provides two emergency telehealth services to patients: Telestroke, in partnership with St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center, and pediatric virtual consultations, in partnership with Children’s Minnesota.
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.
Telestroke services, available 24/7, saves valuable time and brain, which allows patients to recover quicker and suffer less disability.
Through a virtual health partnership, emergency department (ED) physicians at Lakewood have 24/7 access to over 40 pediatric emergency medicine doctors and specialists at Children’s Minnesota. Using audio/video technology, the Lakewood physician, patient and the patient’s family can hold a real-time, face-to-face virtual consultation with a physician from Children’s Minnesota. From there, physicians from each system may discuss a diagnosis, treatment options, or whether the patient needs to be transferred to Children’s for further care.
This partnership will allow more patients to get the care they need, without the cost, time and anxiety of traveling to the Twin Cities. When deemed appropriate, the Lakewood physician will call Children’s Minnesota to request a virtual consultation. A pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s will connect with Lakewood via a video conference, all at no extra cost to the patient or family.
Some examples of an emergency room visit that may require a virtual consultation include an unidentifiable rash, pneumonia-like symptoms, an allergic reaction or a mild trauma case.
To learn more about Children’s Minnesota and the services they offer, visit www.childrensmn.org