Provide 24/7 access to advanced stroke care using CT and Telestroke technology via Emergency Departments.
Primary Stroke Centre Emergency Departments are linked to Comprehensive Stroke Centres via TeleStroke for immediate consultation with a stroke neurologist. This specialist can view the patient and the CT images remotely. This allows real-time two-way assessment and management of stroke patients without having to be transported first.
Working with the Emergency Department doctor, the stroke neurologist can assess if the patient needs a clot-dissolving medicine to limit the effects of an acute stroke. They can also determine if the patient is a candidate for clot removal (Endovascular Thrombectomy - EVT) which is performed at the Comprehensive Stroke Centres.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transport to the nearest Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Centre in rural regions to improve timely accessibility for advanced stroke treatment.
Emergency Department staff in Non-Primary Stroke Hospitals/Centres know the criteria for the immediate transfer of stroke patients to the nearest Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Centre.