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When minutes matter: Hospital, ambulances using video to put doctors in rig with stroke patients

July 12, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Dr. Amanda Avila is seen on a video monitor during a demonstration of the TeleStroke Ambulance Program at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Story and images by Union Leader

MANCHESTER -- When it comes to a stroke, minutes matter. Wait too long and it could mean irreversible brain damage, paralysis or death.

To improve outcomes for stroke patients, Catholic Medical Center is partnering with local ambulance providers to use video conferencing so a neurologist can evaluate patients en route to the hospital.

"Assessing patients as quickly as possible is vital in the treatment of those experiencing stroke-like symptoms," said Dr. Nima Mowzoon, CEO of TeleSpecialists, which is providing the TeleStroke service. "Once we receive the call, we can have a neurologist on screen, or in this case a tablet, evaluating a patient within minutes."

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