Many small or rural hospitals do not have a neurologist available to diagnose and treat stroke patients. Wesley Medical Center’s virtual health program helps connect our physicians with patients in our world-class hospitals with a highly trained neurologist 24/7.
The virtual health program uses a mobile ‘robot,’ which has an onboard computer, monitor, high-resolution camera and microphone. Within minutes, the local physician and patient can communicate with an experienced neurologist who can view the patient’s symptoms and discuss them with the local physician and patient. Medical data, including imaging scans, can also be transmitted. The local physician and neurologist can then develop a treatment plan.
Talk to your doctor to learn more about stroke care and your risk of developing stroke. Call (316) 962-DOCS to find a doctor who specializes in stroke care.
Acute Neurology virtual health care through the WesleyCare Virtual Health provides access to Wesley Medical Center and its expert neurologists. Using the same technology and program support as the network’s award-winning stroke care, our experts are now expanding their neurological services.
Virtual Health consults are available for any acute neurological condition present within 48 hours of patients being admitted to partner facilities. Examples include but are not limited to:
- First time seizure
- Status epilepticus
- Severe headache
- Neuro muscular emergencies
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Altered mental status
- Sub-acute stroke
Our goal is to keep as many patients in their home community as possible, but in the event treatment necessitates transfer to Wesley Medical Center, patients have access to our full staff of neuroscience experts and services.
Wesley’s virtual health program helps rural hospitals diagnose and treat strokes.
The WesleyCare Virtual Health immediately brings neurologists experienced in stroke care to the bedside of patients in community hospitals that may not provide onsite specialty care physicians.
This quick care can save lives and improve the quality of life for stroke victims. Only 5.5 percent of stroke patients in the nation receive IV-tPA, the only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic stroke. In order to be administered safety and effectively, IV-tPA must be given within 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms. Virtual Health can greatly reduce the amount of time required to diagnose and treat strokes.
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