How Telemedicine Has Made A Tremendous Impact On The Survival And Recovery Of Stroke Care

1649 Words Nov 26th, 2016 7 Pages
Telemedicine has made significant advances in treating patients who do not have the luxury of being in front of the specialist they critically need. The use of telemedicine in stroke care is one of the areas that has made a tremendous impact on the survival and recovery of stroke patients. The Tele-stroke component of stroke care brings the neurologist into the remote hospitals that do not have a neurologist on site. This system also brings Tele-stroke technology in the prehospital environment, allowing an on-scene field assessment of the stroke patient before they reach the hospital, enabling a streamlining of services and decreasing the time to definitive treatment dramatically. Additionally, with the emergence of cat scan ambulances equipped with tele-stroke technology allowing the stroke victim to receive tissue plasminogen activator therapy (TPA) in the field. The role of nursing informatics with Tele-stroke technology is what is assisting the program’s inception and progression for usage. The nurse informatics specialist is instrumental in the development and maintenance of the telemedicine and Tele-stroke programs with its usability to the health care community (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015). These systems must be easy to use and simple operability for the provider who may be under pressure with a critically ill patient in neurologic distress. The nurse informatics specialist is vital to ensure the success of the program and the continued use of the technology to…

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