Stroke Network – Emergency Stroke Care
Treating a victim of a stroke as quickly as possible can mean the difference between life and death, as well as quality of life. That's why Progress West Hospital, along with Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, is an important part of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine stroke care network.
Providing a high level of stroke care for residents of St. Charles County, our partnership in this important network with the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine stroke team ensures that all patients have the best acute stroke care possible.
Our alliance speeds the process of assessing a patient’s condition, diagnosing if that patient is having a stroke, and then treating that stroke as soon as possible.
Telestroke Network Provides Bedside Care
Even if a complicated stroke patient is in St. Charles County, that patient can be examined by stroke neurologist and cerebrovascular specialists, who are located at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, thanks to a robot with a highly sensitive "eyes and ears."
The TeleStroke robot's enhanced audio and video capabilities allow the remotely located specialist to see subtle physical cues and test cognitive brain and behavioral functions of the patient.
The robot also transmits the patient’s medical data to the off-site physician. This “long-distance bedside” interaction enables the emergency physician and neurologist to remotely review patient information, examine and talk with the patient, and speak with family members and local clinicians to determine if a stroke is in progress.
A quicker stroke diagnosis can lead to earlier administration of the all-important, clot-breaking tPA drug. This could greatly reduce the number of disabling strokes.
American Stroke Association lists several warning signs of a stroke. Signs can include the sudden onset of:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Difficulty speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Problems with walking
- Dizziness, loss of balance and coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause
Call 911 immediately if you think you or a loved one could be having a stroke.