Once a stroke happens the sooner you get to the hospital the better, but new studies and new technology are allowing doctors to treat the stroke six to 16 hours after it happens, with the possibility of up to 24 hours.
Advanced brain imaging using a RAPID CT Perfusion scan can see where the blood flow is being blocked and how much blockage there is. If it shows that the affected area of the brain is getting some blood flow, just not enough blood, that’s a brain you can save!
With time so critical between the onset of a stroke and the administration of alteplase, or TPA, an FDA-approved clot-busting drug which can reverse the effects of a stroke for the 20 to 30 percent of stroke victims who are medically eligible to receive it, Atlantic Health System has gone to great lengths to streamline that evaluation.
Among the key tools they’ve invested in is Telestroke, a portable unit consisting of a high-definition camera, microphone, and screen that enables video communication with a stroke neurologist, who performs a neurological evaluation of the patient via camera while in transit to the emergency department, enabling appropriate treatment to occur immediately upon arrival.
Telestroke has been key in streamlining that process, with studies showing that use of the technology enables stroke victims to be treated with TPA 13 minutes faster than patients not evaluated with the in-transit system