PRH Introduces Telestroke Technology Providing Specialized Stroke Care 24/7

Aug 26, 2013

Time is critical in the case of a stroke, and quick diagnosis and treatment can save a life. Pullman Regional Hospital will soon provide new Telestroke technology with stroke experts at the virtual bedside of patients and emergency physicians, improving accuracy and reducing possible deaths or disabilities caused by stroke.

A partnership with the Providence Telestroke Network will provide Pullman Regional Hospital patients twenty-four-hour access to acute stroke experts via a secure Internet connection and two-way live video audio conferencing using the RP-Lite mobile monitor and tower.

A patient experiencing stroke-like symptoms can receive a remote consultation with a Providence stroke neurologist as soon as they arrive at the emergency department. Keeping treatment, rehabilitation, and follow up care within the community reduces costs and travel time for patients and their families.

"This technology connects us to world-class stroke specialists at any time, day or night." said Pete Mikkelsen, M.D., Director of Emergency Services at Pullman Regional Hospital. "A stroke is time-critical, and the faster patients can be accurately diagnosed and treated, the better their outcomes."

The portable two-way communication system is equipped with high definition cameras, capable of detecting pupil movement, directional microphones and speakers, and a stethoscope that sends vitals directly to the consulting neurologist. Imaging results, such as CT scans, can also be shared.

"The neurologist in Spokane is virtually on staff here at Pullman Regional Hospital and can assess and treat stroke patients using the Telemedicine system within 15 minutes of our call." said Pullman Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit Director and Stroke Program Coordinator, Lauré Larsen RN, BSN, CCRN. "This is an example of innovation in medicine. The Telestroke system is really a computer on wheels with a video monitor and speakers that the neurologist can use to assess the patient with the help of a nurse. They can zoom in to count the freckles on your nose if they want to."

Telestroke technology will be available to Pullman Regional Hospital patients beginning August 26, 2013.

Contact: Alison Weigley, Community Relations Coordinator
Pullman Regional Hospital

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