Immediate stroke treatment can prevent serious disability and death. Stroke treatment advances are equally important but aren’t offered at every hospital. Duke’s Telestroke Network gives patients and doctors at five NC and VA hospitals access to Duke stroke specialists 24/7.
Duke neurologists do telestroke consultations at:
- Maria Parham Medical Center, Henderson, NC
- Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount, NC
- Wilson Medical Center, Wilson, NC
- Danville Regional Medical Center, Danville, VA
- Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, Martinsville, VA
Using a telestroke robot, Duke neurologists in Durham evaluate stroke patients in emergency rooms miles away via two-way telemedicine video conferencing. The neurologist uses the technology to consult with the patient, family and local ER caregivers and view the patient’s CT scans. When the patient’s condition warrants, the neurologist expedites his or her transfer to Duke University Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital or another hospital that can provide the needed care. By the time the patient arrives, the stroke team is assembled and ready to perform what could be a lifesaving procedure.