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