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Eye on Health: Tele-Neurology

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Patsy Bell's husband recently brought her into the emergency room at Parkridge Hospital with what appeared to be stroke-like symptoms.
 
Dr.Hal Parker, Parkridge Medical Center says "So whenever anybody comes in with a stroke we are setting up a system so that we can act as fast as we can."  
 
Dr. Hal Parker is an emergency room physician at Parkridge Medical Center.  He says acting fast means having a neurologist available immediately to asses the patient.
 
That's where tele-neurology comes in.  
 
Patsy Bell says "Someone was in their car talking with me able to communicate back and forth what we needed to know."
 
A neurologist, like Dr. Jarquin Valdivia,  can be hundreds of miles away, but he is able to  join the hospital via tele-medicine  through this robot to perform an immediate patient evaluation.
 
Dr. Jarquin Valdivia says "When it comes to stroke, speed is essential, the brain is the most vulnerable organ we've got.".
 
That's why the tele-neurologist gets straight to work evaluating the patient from their bedside in the emergency room.
 
Dr. Hal Parker says  "We're able to zoom in and check their pupil reaction to light, we can check NIH stroke scale."
 
That determines how severe the stroke is. Then the tele-neurologist also reviews laboratory and imaging results in order to decide on the best form of treatment.
 
Patsy Bell says "I think I got the medical attention I needed there just as if someone were actually with me."
 
When every minute matters,  and there's no on-site specialist available , these doctors available through tele-medicine can make a big difference for patients. 

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