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New Technology Brings Fast Care for Stroke Patients

Door County Medical Center (DCMC) announces a new, state-of-the-art technology that brings faster, improved care for patients suffering from stroke. Telestroke is telemedicine technology that connects stroke patients and their on-site emergency department physicians with board-certified neurologists, allowing for quicker diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
“When someone is having a stroke, every minute that passes before they receive appropriate medical care can impact their quality of life,” says Sandy Vandertie, director of emergency services at DCMC. “This advanced technology connects the patient with a neurologist within minutes, improving outcomes and reducing the long-term impact of a stroke.”
Through live audio and video telecommunication, Telestroke allows a neurologist to be at a patient’s bedside within minutes of the patient arriving at the emergency department.  The neurologist then examines and assesses the patient. Following the examination, the neurologist consults with the on-staff emergency department physician at DCMC about the best course of treatment.
795,000 people have strokes in the U.S. each year, and most of those patients are experiencing stroke for the first time. During a stroke, an estimated two million brain cells die each minute, meaning that the faster the response time, the better a stroke can be evaluated and treated, reducing or eliminating long-term stroke impact.
Door County Medical Center’s new Telestroke technology is part of their recently announced partnership with HSHS. “This is just one way that our new partnership with HSHS is bringing additional services and value to our community,” says Vandertie. Purchase of the Telestroke technology was supported by Wisconsin Public Service.

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