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The Swedish Acute Stroke Telemedicine Program, located at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, uses video conferencing technology to make its stroke expertise available to communities and ensure a stroke patient’s window of opportunity doesn’t close before they receive critical treatment.

In the world of stroke care, health-care providers live by a simple saying: time is brain. There is a narrow window of opportunity – just a few hours – to evaluate, diagnose and treat a stroke victim with a special type of drug, called a thrombolytic, to help break down the clot. A patient has a better chance of recovering from the effects of an acute stroke if alteplase, a type of thrombolytic, is given early enough. Additional therapies are available at specialized medical centers, like Swedish, that can be used after an initial treatment with alteplase.

The Swedish TeleStroke program levels the playing field for all stroke patients, regardless of where they live.

Building a telestroke network

Multiple hospitals in Washington have made commitments to their communities to improve access to stroke care by becoming part of the Swedish Acute Stroke Telemedicine Network. Each network hospital has telestroke technology that links their emergency department physicians and nurses directly with a Swedish Acute Stroke Telemedicine Team at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle. This team of experts is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week – always ready to support partner emergency departments that are caring for stroke patients. Learn more about telestroke network hospitals.

How telestroke works

Using video conferencing technology, the telestroke process is similar to communicating via a Web cam. The ER team can see the stroke team and the stroke team can see the patient and ER team. Both teams use one set of protocols to perform the evaluation and begin treatment.
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