TeleSpecialists services have allowed us to improve our tPA administration times by drastically decreasing Door-To-Needle time and increasing tPA utilization. In addition, they have assisted in streamlining acute stroke transfer protocols for endovascular consideration from our surrounding primary and acute stroke ready facilities.
TeleSpecialists have improved our facility’s stroke response dramatically. We improved from administering live-saving drugs within 30 minutes 50% of the time to 80% of the time. Their physicians are an integral part of our Emergency Department team who assess the patient quickly and intervene. Our clinicians’ knowledge of stroke symptoms has increased because the TeleSpecialists talk through their assessment and treatment plans in a coordinated fashion with our team.
My vision is at 85% (better). Use of telemedicine was definitely futuristic. I was very impressed with how she [Dr. Neetu Dhadwal] was telling everyone in the room what to do, and they were doing it. She was amazing. I’d give her a 10.
Using the Value Stream Mapping and the Post-it Notes helped us solve little problems that we didn’t even know existed…so that we could shave off every single second available, so that we could save as much brain as possible.
Using TeleSpecialists for acute stroke services at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall has helped us provide our patients with neurological care at the bedside that would otherwise be unavailable. Through this service we are able to quickly evaluate patients for acute stroke while helping decrease door-to-needle times.
Tanya was not 100% coherent at that time and the doctor on the screen [Dr. Yelena Vidgop] made the right decision to give her that medication. Tanya spent about 48 hours in the hospital and then was released. She is doing great. We are actually doing some moving of boxes and other things today and she is keeping up with me. I think that the technology used is a great thing, we may have had to go hours away to get that care but because of the technology, we got it taken care of right here.