The telemedicine program uses a mobile ‘robot,’ which has an onboard computer, monitor, high-resolution camera and microphone. Within minutes, the local physician and patient can communicate with an experienced neurologist who can view the patient’s symptoms and discuss them with the local physician and patient. Medical data, including imaging scans, can also be transmitted. The local physician and neurologist can then develop a treatment plan.
Acute Neurology telemedicine care through the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center's affiliation with the WesleyCare Telemedicine Network provides access to expert neurologists.
Telemedicine consults are available for any acute neurological condition present within 48 hours of patients being admitted to our facility. Examples include but are not limited to:
- First time seizure
- Status epilepticus
- Severe headache
- Neuro muscular emergencies
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Altered mental status
- Sub-acute stroke
The telemedicine network immediately brings neurologists experienced in stroke care to the bedside of patients in community hospitals that may not provide onsite specialty care physicians.
This quick care can save lives and improve the quality of life for stroke victims. Only 5.5 percent of stroke patients in the nation receive IV-tPA, the only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic stroke. In order to be administered safety and effectively, IV-tPA must be given within 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms. Telemedicine can greatly reduce the amount of time required to diagnose and treat strokes.