Timely treatment is critical to limiting damage from strokes. With the advent of telestroke systems, more people than ever have access to quick treatment.
Dr. David Hess, chair of neurology, talks to the Chicago Tribune about how Augusta University Medical Center provides rapid, expert stroke care to rural hospitals in Georgia, including Wills Memorial Hospital in Washington.
Hospitals with fewer than 100 beds usually don’t have a neurologist on staff or the proper intensive care capabilities, Hess told the Tribune, so patients are often treated and then transferred to a larger “hub” hospital.
Chicago Tribune: Telestroke technology speeds life-saving care
May 31, 2016