New Telestroke Allows Faster Aid to Stroke Patients

Monday, November 03, 2014

Brain cells are lost at the rate of 1.9 million neurons per minute when a stroke cuts off blood flow.  This confirms why eligible stroke patients must receive time sensitive drugs within minutes of admission. 

That is why Beloit Health System now offers Telestroke, a new telemedicine service, in partnership with UW Health.  Through this affiliation, patients coming in to Beloit Health System’s Emergency Center will have immediate access to world class stroke neurologists at the UW Comprehensive Stroke Center in Madison.

“We are pleased to be part of the UW’s Telestroke Network,” says Tim McKevett, President and CEO of Beloit Health System. “Technology now allows our patients to have quick access to some of the best stroke specialized neurologists in the country.”

By using a two-way camera the stroke neurologist will perform assessments, interpret patient CT and lab results, and discuss options with the patient, family and clinical staff.   The stroke team at UW Hospital and Clinics is on call 24 hours a day and offers stroke neurologists and neurosurgeons among other stroke experts.

With this immediate assistance to suspected stroke patients, emergency room personnel are supported in a situation when time is critical. This extra level of stroke-specific knowledge also increases patient safety and improved treatments for better outcomes.

Telestroke increases the level of care stateline residents can rely on in their own community. Telestroke also provides their team to be available at any time for follow-up questions, discussion and stroke in-services with Beloit Health System’s healthcare team. 

“Telestroke is another component of Beloit Health System’s recent achievement of completing a successful Joint Commission Survey. This gets us one step closer to becoming a Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center.  Our team has worked hard to achieve this status and we are very proud of the accomplishment,” explains McKevett.  “This means we provide the best standardized care to our patients based on nationally acclaimed organizations such as the American Heart/Stroke Association and Brain Coalition.”

For more information on this service, please call the Director of Beloit Health System’s Emergency Room at 608-364-5240.

Remember the warning signs for stroke-Think F.A.S.T.!
Face Drooping- Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
Arm Weakness- Ask the person to raise both arms? Does one arm fall or drift?
Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.



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