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St. Joseph Hospital Announces Launch of Telestroke, Virtual Stroke Care, to Enhance Access to Neurologists


11.04.2019

Nashua Telestroke ProgramSt. Joseph Hospital, a member of Covenant Health, has launched telestroke, a virtual stroke care program, in collaboration from TeleSpecialists®. Telestroke provides the hospital’s Emergency Services staff and potential stroke patients with immediate and consistent access to neurology specialists.

Time is of the essence when diagnosing and treating stroke. As each minute passes during a stroke, brain cells are dying, resulting in loss of brain functions. Telestroke ensures rapid access to care by offering around the clock, on-screen consultation with expert neurologists, who can evaluate a patient’s symptoms and quickly render lifesaving treatment.

“The St. Joseph Hospital stroke program is recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a certified Primary Stroke Center,” said Brian Sweeney, D.O., Director of Emergency Services, St. Joseph Hospital. “Our partnership with TeleSpecialists and implementation of telestroke services enhances that designation and positions us to ensure stroke patients immediately receive expert level care.”

“We use the phrase Time is Brain. It refers to the fact that timely treatment during a stroke is critical to a positive outcome, said Kristina DeBruin, R.N., Stroke Program Coordinator, St. Joseph Hospital. “It’s incredibly important for the Greater Nashua community to have access to exemplary stroke care in their own backyard.”

If you suspect a loved one is having a stroke, follow the BEFAST Guide:

  • B is for Balance – Has the person experienced a sudden loss of balance?
  • E is for Eye – Has the person suddenly lost vision in one or both eyes?
  • F is for Face – Does the person’s face look uneven?
  • A is for Arm – Is there weakness on one side?
  • S is for Speech – Is the person’s speech slurred? Can they repeat phrases?
  • T is for Time – Call 911!

For more information about stroke, visit https://www.strokeawareness.com/.



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