Teleneurology enables neurology to be practiced when the doctor and patient are not present in the same place, and sometimes not even at the same time.
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Our teleneurology service delivers:
- 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year access to 45-plus board certified, fellowship trained neurologists
- Guaranteed 15-minute response time
- Consistent, evidence-based, protocol-driven care
- Joint Commission-accredited service
- Increased tPA administration rate for qualified stroke patients as compared with national average
- Reduction in average patient length of stay for stroke patients
UPMC Susquehanna’s program is coordinated through Specialists On Call™, an organization of board-certified, specialty-trained neurologists accredited by the Joint Commission. This community of specialists includes nationally recognized physicians who possess at least 10 years experience in clinical practice and are considered the nation’s leading providers of clinical telemedicine.
This new level of physician expertise on call will not only help to preserve brain function for many patients, but will also save lives.
Support for emergency stroke care is just one component of UPMC Susquehanna’s program, which also includes rapid access to consultation for patients with conditions including:
- Brain tumors
- Others affecting the head and spine
Warning Signs of a Stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Risk Factors for Stroke:
- High blood pressure
- Poor diet
- High cholesterol
- Lack of exercise
- Family history of stroke
- Atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat)
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in the country. More people who suffer from strokes will have better outcomes thanks to state-of-the-art technology called teleneurology.
Teleneurology allows emergency room physicians to have round-the-clock access to neurologists via real-time, two-way audio and video communication. Many individuals aren't able to receive necessary time-sensitive stroke treatments because there aren't enough neurologists to staff every emergency room.
The teleneurology program puts an emergency neurologist at the patient's bedside using an interactive two-way audiovisual connection by computer with a Wi-Fi connection and high-definition camera. Board-certified neurologists work with emergency room physicians to consult with patients and their families, view patients CT scans and recommend appropriate treatments.
The teleneurology system enables physicians to effectively evaluate a patient from off site and decide if tissue plasminogen (tPA)—the only approved treatment for acute ischemic stroke—should be administered within a three-hour window of symptom onset. This speedy access to diagnosis and treatment can increase the likelihood of stroke patients maintaining functional independence.