Telestroke is a mobile telecommunications unit that allows physicians to communicate quickly with neurologists when a stroke alert is activated in the emergency room. This system uses a two-way audio/visual link that connects neurologists at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and emergency room physicians and nurses who are caring for stroke patients throughout the region. Using this system, neurologists can quickly complete an interview and examination of a patient to help provide quick and efficient triage and treatment. With Telestroke, neurologists at Conemaugh Memorial Center are available around the clock giving access to stroke patients who are being treated at Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center, Conemaugh Miners Medical Center, and Conemaugh Nason Medical Center.
Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States, but the leading cause of disability. Stroke occurs when blood vessels in the brain are blocked or burst. A stroke occurs every 40 seconds to someone in the United States. Know the signs of a stroke: "BEFAST." Balance, Eyes, Face, Arm, Speech, Time. Telestroke services are helpful for patients who live in rural areas, beucase acute-care Neurology services may be an hour or two away. Telestroke services are available at Miners, Meyersdale, and Nason Hospitals and allow for the Neurologist at Memorial Medical Center to see the patients within minutes to assist in guiding emergent stroke care.