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UVA Doctors, Rescue Squads Team Up to Improve Stroke Diagnosis Time

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Doctors at the University of Virginia Health System are teaming up with area rescue squads to diagnose stroke patients before they get to the hospital.

They are raising $10,000 to provide mobile telemedicine kits for two extra ambulances in the region. The goal is to connect paramedics with stroke neurologists and emergency medicine physicians through a video link while a patient is on the way to the medical center.

"With stroke, every minute counts. If you're able to shave maybe five or 10 minutes off, then you can possibly prevent a patient from going to a nursing home or being wheelchair-bound," said Sherita Chapman, a fellow at the UVA Stroke Center.

Doctors say stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the country. Currently the only treatment available is time-sensitive and less than 4 percent of stroke patients receive that medication due to pre-hospital and in-hospital delays. 

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