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NCH Telestroke Program Saves Critical Time for Patients

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NCH Goal  50% Door to IV rt-PA in 60 minutesMinutes matter when you are treating stroke patients.

And, using telecommunications to connect stroke experts to stroke patients improves and sustains stroke care, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

Similar results are being reported in NCH’s new telestroke program, which provides patients and their families with 24/7 access to neurologists through interactive videoconferencing via webcams.

Since being unveiled in early April, the NCH telestroke program has helped save critical time for patients who meet the criteria to receive IV-tPA, a clot-busting drug that should be administered within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms to be the most effective.

From January through August, NCH patients waited, on average, 54 minutes from the time they entered the emergency department to the time they received IV-tPA.

NCH’s 54-minute average door-to-needle time exceeds the 60-minute goal established by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

With all stroke patients, Time = Brain. The telestroke program connects patients with neurologists who can make the rapid diagnosis that is needed when time is critical for a best possible recovery. For more information about stroke care just minutes from home, visit the NCH Primary Stroke Center.

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