Valley Health Telestroke Program is currently offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week at three of our Virginia-based Valley Heath Emergency Departments – including Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock, Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal and Page Memorial Hospital in Luray.
Telestroke is an approach to treating patients having an acute stroke that allows the neurologist based at Winchester Medical Center to provide emergent treatment in collaboration with the Emergency Department staff using a secured videoconferencing connection. The technology allows the neurologist to visually assess the patient in real time and to also be able to talk with the patient, family, and staff at the remote facility about available life saving treatment options.
Time is BRAIN – every second counts when treating a patient who is having a stroke. Patients who access an emergency department without immediate access to a neurologist often have to be transferred to another facility before emergent treatment can be performed. Telestroke technology brings the neurologist to that patient which often allows for immediate treatment with tPA, also known as the clot-busting drug, prior to transfer – saving millions of brain cells in the time it takes to arrange for transport to a facility where a neurologist is physically present.