At Catholic Medical Center, 'TeleStroke' Links Neurologists, Stroke Patients In Ambulances

Jul 13, 2017

Neurologists will be able to help treat potential stroke patients en route to the hospital through a new telemedicine system at New Hampshire's Catholic Medical Center.

The first 60 minutes after someone arrives at a hospital with stroke symptoms are a critical window for starting treatments that can limit the side effects and potential damage of a stroke.

The TeleStroke Ambulance Program allows ambulance crews to communicate with neurologists via a tablet to begin evaluating patients even before they get to the hospital.

Officials said the hospital's partnership with TeleSpecialists will make a big difference for patients and communities.

Several ambulance companies are participating in the program.