Partners HealthCare TeleStroke Center
When a patient suffers a stroke, there is a short window of time during which the debilitating aspects of a stroke can be reversed. This can be accomplished through the administration of a drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). Many emergency physicians need the assistance of a stroke expert to help determine if a patient is having a stroke and, if so, whether tPA should be given to a patient.
Partners HealthCare TeleStroke Center was formed out of the understanding that many remote hospitals do not always have access to stroke experts. Using the resources available within the Partners System at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), the TeleStoke Center is able to advise caregivers at rural hospitals on how to treat a stroke patient. Stroke experts at MGH and BWH assess a patient's condition through a telemedicine link: video conferencing and shared imaging technologies.
Hear more from Lee Shwamm, MD, Director of the Partners Telestroke center and Vice Chairman of Neurology at MGH, in the video below.