Many regional and rural hospitals don't have a neurologist on duty at all hours of the day and night. With Telestroke, SCMC now has that capability. Stevens Community Medical Center offers telestroke 24/7, now saving you valuable time and providing you a faster treatment. Stevens Community Medical Center now provides Telestroke services to patients thanks to a partnership with St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center. Telestroke uses video conferencing technology to allow a stroke neurologist from St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center to evaluate a patient in another hospital, view diagnostic scans and recommend treatment.
Through Telestroke, interventions such as intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) medication can quickly be administered to break up clots. It is considered the first line of treatment for acute ischemic stroke but it must be administered within a 4 1/2 hour window from the onset of symptoms to work best. IV tPA is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drug for the treatment of acute ischemic strokes.
Telestroke services, available 24/7, saves valuable time and brain which allows patients to recover quicker and suffer less disability. At SCMC we are committed to improving community health and now with enhanced care for stroke patients we can focus on you right here at home.