Galion and Bucyrus Hospital Emergency Teams are able to work doctor-to-doctor with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Stroke Specialists in real time, making crucial diagnostic decisions and mapping an appropriate care plan. This type of care is possible by the use of advanced telemedicine technology now at both Galion and Bucyrus Hospitals. Should a patient require a more advanced level of care, such as neurovascular intervention, OSU Wexner Medical Center will arrange a transfer of the patient to one of its centers and provide guidance and direction to caregivers and family members.
An Emergency Department physician at Galion or Bucyrus Hospital activates the Stroke Network technology. OSU nurses respond to the alert and link the ED physician to an on-call neurologist.
Initial tests are run. Using web-based telemedicine technology, the OSU neurologist assesses the CAT scan, the patient and consults with the ED doctor and patient’s family.
PLAN OF CARE
A decision is made whether to have the patient remain at Galion or Bucyrus Hospital or to start the patient on tPA (an order written by the OSU neurologist) and transfer him or her to a The Ohio State University Wexner Health Center.
ARE YOU AT RISK
Knowing the risk factors for stroke can help you prevent this life-threatening condition. If you are at risk, regular physical checkups and healthy lifestyle changes can potentially save your life.
Some risks can't be avoided
THESE LIFESTYLE CHANGES