Telestroke Program

Telestroke is a way for specially trained doctors from one hospital to evaluate, diagnose and make a treatment plan for stroke patients when there is not a stroke expert at their hospital. A Telestroke consult uses a two-way audio-video system to connect you, your loved one and your emergency department (ED) care team with a stroke expert at another hospital.

What is Telestroke?

A Telestroke consult uses a two-way audio-video system to connect you, your loved one and your emergency department (ED) care team with a stroke expert at another hospital.

Why Telestroke?

You or your loved may be having a stroke. A stroke is when part of the brain is not getting enough blood, usually due to a blockage in a vessel. This is a medical emergency. It is important that you or your loved one be seen right away by a stroke expert called a neurologist. Many local hospitals do not have stroke experts onsite. Your (ED) care team will work with a stroke expert from a different hospital through a TeleStroke consult.

It is important that you or your loved one be seen right away by a stroke expert called a neurologist. Many local hospitals do not have stroke experts onsite. Your (ED) care team will work with a stroke expert from a different hospital through a Telestroke consult.

What is a Telestroke Consult?

The stroke expert will examine you or your loved one using the two-way audio-video system to see and speak with you and your ED care team. Together they will recommend the best care plan for you or your loved one. Your team may also suggest that you or your loved one should be moved to another hospital for more care.

What are the Benefits of Telestroke?

Telestroke allows a stroke expert to give you care quickly, even if they are not able to be there with you at the hospital. The care given through the Telestroke consult will be the same type of care you would get from an onsite stroke expert if one was available.

What are the Risks of Telestroke?

There are no known or expected risks from taking part in a Telestroke consult. The consult will not be recorded and no photographs will be taken. The information shared during the consult will be documented in the patient’s medical record.

If you would like more information about Telestroke, please contact Tho Ngo at ngot@mainehealth.org.

The Telestroke Network

The Neuroscience Institute at Maine Medical Center runs theTelestroke Network to bring the expertise of top neurologists to community hospital emergency departments, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Using state-of-the-art videoconferencing and electronic transfer of CT scans, the Network gives community-based physicians timely access to consultations from specialists skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. The following MaineHealth hospitals participate in the Telestroke Program:

 

How the Telestroke Program Helps

The Telestroke Program uses advanced technology to bring the expertise care of highly trained neurologists to community hospitals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week