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Extra Help Available for Certain Stroke Victims

In an Emergency Department room, health care workers demostrate how Tele-Stroke works as reporters observe.
UnityPoint Health - Trinity
Health care workers demostrate how Tele-Stroke (far left) works.

You've heard the expression, "Don't have a stroke." But if you do, a local hospital has started using a new tool that may help stop more brain damage. This week, Unity Point Trinity announced it's now using a Tele-stroke system. It allows specialists from Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago to evaluate patients without seeing them in person.

Stroke Coordinator and R.N., Paula Maddox, says this will help patients who have blood clots in large blood vessels.

Tele-Stroke is a device on wheels with a video screen and camera. The doctors at Loyola can talk with the patients, ask questions and review test results. Maddox says the quicker patients get to the hospital, the better their chances of recovery.

The whole point is to reopen up those arteries and halt the damage so it doesn't get worse.

People who need the procedure will be taken to Loyola for the treatment which is not available at Unity Point Trinity.

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