Telemedicine technology for the diagnosis and treatment of emergent stroke patients
When someone’s brought into the emergency room for acute ischemic stroke – or a blocked artery to the brain – a neurologist is called in to determine treatment. Calling in a neurologist can take time – time that these patients do not have. The solution was a telemedicine program using laptop cameras and a robotic device to save crucial time in providing treatment.
The emergency department at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving offers emergent stroke services in collaboration with Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health. This technology can link an emergency department physician with a specialist within the system.
“Brain attack” protocols (treatment plans the medical community has determined to be appropriate treatment) help provide eligible patients with the “clot-busting” therapy called TPA without delay to restore blood flow to the brain.
Neurology consultations are conducted via our telemedicine robot and our laboratory and radiology services all operate 24 hours a day for stroke patients. Transcranial doppler ultrasound is available to rapidly identify where the blood vessel is blocked and monitor response to treatment in real time.
All of these resources enable Baylor Scott & White – Irving to diagnose and treat stroke patients during the three hour golden window.