Experiencing a stroke, whether yourself or others, can be terrifying, stressful, and traumatizing. A stroke, explained by Mayo Clinic, occurs “when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. Brain cells begin to die in minutes.” A stroke is a medical emergency that needs efficient and timely care.
The earlier appropriate actions are taken, the faster the rate of brain damage and other complications is decreased. This is where Telehealth and Telestroke carts come into play to help not only save time but also to help save patients.
What is Telestroke Healthcare?
Telestroke Healthcare is a web-based collaboration of on-site caretakers and a certified neurologist or whomever they choose to video-in. Telestroke Healthcare helps provide services for acute stroke patients in a variety of settings, including mobile stroke units, EDs, intensive care units (ICUs), and medical-surgical units, which do not have access to on-site stroke physician services. The combination of visual, audio and hands-on care comes together with Telestroke Healthcare to get each patient the specific help they need as quickly as possible.
How the Telestroke Cart Saves Patients
When dealing with patients who are experiencing a stroke, time is an extremely important element. With the advancement of telemedicine, patients can get the help they need quicker and easier than ever before. If a patient is experiencing a stroke and there is no neurologist on-site, our Telestroke Cart makes it possible to connect with a specialist via video call. Having access to a video call through our Telestroke Cart is not only more efficient but also quicker than having to transfer patients due to there being no neurologist on-site.
The Telestroke Cart also helps combine verbal and visual treatment – rather than just trying to help over the phone, the neurologist can physically see the patient and help determine the best next steps. With the DataCart Telestroke Cart, you have a PTZ Zoom Camera complete with a camera mount that comes right on the cart itself for high-quality, adaptable video treatment.
Mobility of care is another important element when caring for a patient with a time-sensitive emergency such as a stroke. Our Telestroke Cart allows for movement with the patient as needed, with the flexibility of being able to use the cart in the patients’ room and move with the patient as they need to be moved. The Telestroke Cart is not a location-specific tool, making it the perfect solution for patients’ needs on the go.
How the Telestroke Cart Saves Time
Aside from our Telestroke Cart saving time to get patients the necessary treatment needed, the timely treatment also allows patients to be released quicker and with less rehabilitative needs. This helps not only slim down the time the patient is spending in the hospital but also helps the patients and medical teams recover from the traumatic event quicker and more effectively.
Our Telestroke Cart is highly efficient, equipped, and advanced – complete with customization options including your choice of camera. For more information on the Telestroke Cart and how it can help save your facility time and patients, check out this resource provided by the American Heart Association.