Telestroke at Mercy Regional Medical Center: Enabling Mercy to connect with stroke experts far away
Immediate treatment can often make the difference between a lifelong disability and a return to normalcy. Mercy's clinical teams and local physicians have been utilizing Centura Health's Stroke Network to ensure the residents of Durango and surrounding communities receive expert neurological care and precise diagnosis.
Reducing death and disability caused by stroke, Telestroke is a state-of-the-art, on-demand option in stroke care that enhances services available at Mercy. Through secure high-speed network videoconferencing and image-sharing technology, Mercy is able to connect with Centura Health stroke specialists – in real time – to rapidly assess and treat patients exhibiting signs of stroke, narrowing the window of time necessary to minimize permanent injury to the brain.
Mercy Regional Medical Center became the first hospital in the statewide network to connect with stroke teams with comprehensive capability at Littleton Adventist Hospital's acute-certified stroke center in Metro Denver.
- Telestroke is a cloud-based technology that allows neurologists located at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Metro Denver to assist providers in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who arrive at the Emergency Department with a suspected stroke.
- In the Emergency Department exam room, there is a video camera system, microphone, and computer that allow neurologists to view the patient and communicate with physicians, perform a neurological examination including the complete National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, and directly view computed tomography (CT) scans to evaluate for intracranial hemorrhage or conditions that may mimic stroke in clinical presentation.
- Telestroke is enhanced by Centura Health's strong physician talent, experience, and commitment to provide stroke outreach to patients and families, and to collaborate with physicians throughout Colorado to strengthen the delivery of stroke care.