With a stroke, time is brain. The faster the treatment, the better the
outcomes. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department uses
video conferencing technology. The TeleStroke process is similar to communicating
via a Web cam. The ER team can see the stroke team and the stroke team
can see the patient and ER team. Both teams use one set of protocols to
perform the evaluation and begin treatment.
- 24-hour access to stroke experts and specialized services not otherwise
- Advanced videoconferencing systems allow Tulane Medical Center stroke specialists
to be “in the room” with the patient and doctor at Lake Charles
Memorial’s Emergency Room.
- Tulane’s stroke specialists help to evaluate the patient and consult
on diagnosis, treatment or appropriate transfer.
- The goal is to keep patients near their family and friends and only transfer
patients when specialized care is needed.
How TeleStroke Works
Step 1: EMS personnel begin assessing the stroke patient during the trip to the hospital.
Step 2: After the patient arrives at the emergency department, ER personnel quickly
perform diagnostic tests and an initial assessment.
Step 3: The ER physician or Tulane Medical Center neurologist (who has received
a call from the emergency department) initiates a secure video conference
using computer monitors located in both the emergency department and at
Tulane Medical Center.
Step 4: A Tulane Medical Center neurologist or neurosurgeon conducts a virtual,
real-time neurological exam in collaboration with the ER physician and
Memorial's neuro specialists. Via video, the stroke expert can communicate
with the patient and ER physician. As part of the consultation brain images
(CT Scans) are also reviewed to ensure excellent care.
Step 5: Together the ER physician and Tulane Medical Center decide on the best
treatment. If appropriate, the ER physician administers a clot busting
drug. Patients often remain in their local hospitals. In some cases, patients
are transferred to a specialized care center, such as Tulane Medical Center.