GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The emergency department of Stone County Hospital can now send crucial information to neurologists at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport using a new technology program.
The Telestroke Network is helping to decrease the time it takes to assess and begin treatment of acute stroke patients in Stone County. The program is a secure, two-way audio/video link that allows immediate access for the neurologist, emergency physician, patient, family and caregivers to see and talk with each other so the medical situation can be effectively assessed and critical next steps can be discussed.
Time is a major factor in the treatment of acute stroke. Any specialized stroke care must be received within the first hour of arrival at the hospital. The Telestroke Network between these two hospitals will now allow patients to receive expert stroke care by stroke specialists from a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center.
According to the National Stroke Association, warning signs for a stroke include:
- Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
- Time: If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 911 immediately.