Many small or rural hospitals do not have a neurologist available to diagnose and treat patients exhibiting symptoms of stroke or acute neurological conditions. The WesleyCare Virtual Network helps connect physicians and patient in these hospitals with a neurologist any time of the day or night.
The growing use of telemedicine is providing lifesaving benefits to patient and support for rural physicians and caregivers throughout the country. The WesleyCare Virtual Network has established partnerships with communities throughout Kansas.
Our network uses a mobile “robot,” which has a motion-directed monitor, high-resolution cameras and a microphone. Within minutes, the local physician and patient can be communicating with an experienced neurologist who can view the patient’s symptoms and discuss them with all involved. Medical data, including imaging scans, can also be transmitted. The local clinical team and neurologist can then develop a treatment plan for patients in need of this specialized care.
Acute Neurology telemedicine care through the WesleyCare Virtual Network 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 expert are now expanding their neurological services.
Telemedicine 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 network program helps rural hospitals diagnose and treat strokes.
The WesleyCare Virtual Network immediately brings neurologists experienced in stroke care to the bedside of patients in community hospitals that may not provide onsite specialty care physicians.
The quick care can save lives and improve the quality of life for stroke victim. Only 5-6 percent of stroke patients in the nation receive IV-tPA, the only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic stroke. In order to be administered safely and effectively, IV-tPA must be given within 4.5 hours of the onset symptoms. Telemedicine can greatly reduce the amount of time required to diagnose and treat strokes and, on average, providers in our network administer IV-tPA 20 percent of the time.
Wesley's Stroke Center
Wesley Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, an integrated system approach for stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation that provides coordination of services to best care for stroke patients. Wesley’s stroke center is staffed by a team of experienced physicians, nurses, radiology and laboratory technicians, physical and occupation therapists and speech pathologists.