Stroke Center reaches milestone consultation
An MUSC program that utilizes new technology and a high-speed Internet
connection to provide specialty care to rural clinical offices and
hospitals, celebrated its 200th call in July. The program, REACH,
logged its milestone emergency consultation with the McLeod Regional
Medical Center in Florence July 29.
REACH MUSC brings expertise to remote sites to assist in emergency
evaluation and treatment of acute stroke, a medical emergency that
kills thousands of South Carolinians each year. Small and mid-sized
hospitals link with the Internet-based consulting system for emergency
evaluation and treatment of patients with signs of acute stroke. Once a
patient is rushed to the hospital for stroke symptoms, emergency
experts can collaborate with the MUSC Stroke Center team through the
Web to discuss early treatment options that can improve the chances of
a good outcome.
Robert Adams, M.D., MUSC Stroke Center director, is cofounder of REACH
Call Inc. REACH Call Inc. provides the system equipment, software,
decision support and Web applications for urgent specialist
consultations for stroke and other emergency conditions online.
For information on REACH MUSC, visit http://www.muschealth.com/cerebrovascular/reach.htm or contact Ellen Debenham, R.N., REACH/MUSC Tele-Stroke Program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Aug. 14, 2009