West Monroe – February 9, 2015 – Stroke patients at Glenwood Regional Medical Center now have immediate access to highly specialized vascular neurologists as the result of a partnership between Glenwood and Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans (Ochsner).
Through this network, emergency department physicians have the ability to consult immediately with Ochsner vascular neurologists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year using telemedicine equipment to determine the best treatment options for stroke patients.
Telemedicine programs improve the quality of care for patients outside of urban areas by allowing them access to specialists and by reducing the costs associated with travel and the time spent away from work and family. “If you don’t live near a major hospital, you shouldn’t have fewer options,” says Liz Cothren, Director of Telemedicine at Ochsner. “With the push of a button, within seconds of getting on an Internet browser, you’re able to interact with a provider,” added Cothren.
Ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in a blood vessel that stops the flow of blood to the brain and deprives the surrounding brain tissue of oxygen. In the absence of oxygen, the brain cells in the immediate area begin to die, causing permanent brain damage, disability or death. Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke, so immediate medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
When a patient comes into the emergency department at Glenwood with the symptoms of an acute ischemic stroke, a computer with an advanced webcam will be brought to the bedside wheretheclinicalteamwillconnectwithavascularneurologistoncallatOchsner. The neurologist, patient and clinical team at Glenwood can see and speak to each other throughout the consult. The physician will examine the patient and review the CAT scan of the patient’s head, providing guidance on advanced treatments within minutes.
In many cases, Telestroke consultation will allow patients to stay at Glenwood. In more complicated cases the patient may need to be transferred to Ochsner or another facility for specialized treatment. Telestroke is still beneficial in these cases because the neurologist will have already met and started treatment the patient.
“Rapid evaluation and treatment of patients is the best way to minimize long term effects of stroke”, says Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.
In stroke care, time is critical! If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.:
- Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or
- Time: Time is critical to protecting brain damage. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately
About IASIS Glenwood Regional Medical Center
Glenwood Regional Medical Center is a 268-bed; acute care hospital located in West Monroe Louisiana and is committed to providing high quality medical care throughout the region. Our comprehensive healthcare services include emergency care, cardiovascular, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, rehabilitation services and help for a broad range of medical conditions. Glenwood is equipped with the most advanced medical technology, and staffed by a team of highly skilled physicians and healthcare professionals.
For more information about Glenwood Regional Medical Center and the services offered, visit our website at www.grmc.com or call the toll free Well Line at 1-877-726-WELL.
About Oschner Health System
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner’s 13 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across nine specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 15,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 750 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.