Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. For patients, access to immediate care is critical. Many community based hospitals and medical centers do not have access to round-the-clock expert neurology consultation for stroke evaluation and treatment. Since 2008, MUSC Health's Telestroke program has addressed this concern for partner hospitals throughout South Carolina. Through this network, partner hospitals are connected to round-the-clock expert stroke care. Utilizing a web based connection with the partner hospital; patients receive a rapid evaluation with treatment recommendations.
How Does it Work?
MUSC Health’s Telestroke team provides urgent consultations for patients being cared for at partner hospitals. From consult recommendations, local providers can initiate treatment for the ischemic stroke patients as soon as possible. The consultation also assists in determining if the patient should be transferred to a higher level of care.