Within minutes of a patient's arrival at the Union Hospital Emergency Department, a CT scan of the brain will be done and sent electronically to the Cleveland Clinic Cerebrovascular Center. The Telestroke Network equipment, including high-resolution cameras and communications equipment, are brought into the room, and create a virtual bedside presence involving Cleveland Clinic stroke experts. In fact, Union Hospital patients receive the same treatment they would get if they had been taken to the Cleveland Clinic Emergency Department.
A member of Cleveland Clinic's team of stroke specialists can see and talk with a patient, conduct a patient examination along with a Union physician and nurse, and then help meet the need for fast treatment decisions to control advancing tissue damage.
Typically, care and treatment of the patient will continue at Union Hospital in Dover, Ohio, but if necessary, the collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic provides for immediate transfer of the patient to Cleveland if the Clinic's world-class care is needed for surgical intervention.
The Union Hospital Emergency Department works closely with the highly acclaimed board-certified specialists and sub-specialists at Cleveland Clinic in the following stroke treatment categories:
In addition, Cleveland Clinic's Cerebrovascular Center has received national awards and certifications, recognizing its rigorous stroke care protocol that meets or exceeds national standards and guidelines that improve outcomes.
Diagnostic tools such as brain image scans help guide treatment, and neurologists conduct fast but thorough patient evaluations.
Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.
On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.
Stroke is the leading cause of death in the US. Each month, 15 to 20 Tuscarawas County residents have a stroke. Act FAST to get them treatment as quickly as possible.
Patients who arrive at the emergency room within three hours of experiencing first signs of symptoms tend to be healthier three months after a stroke than those whose care is delayed.