NARH is one of a small number of hospitals in Massachusetts engaged in a groundbreaking “stroke telemedicine” program with Massachusetts General Hospital. NARH is a designated Stroke Treatment Center, meeting the standards of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for such designation.
Using real-time video and audio connections, doctors in NARH’s Emergency Department are able to connect directly to stroke neurologists at MGH, as in the photo at right. The stroke specialists in Boston use the system to communicate with and see the potential stroke patient at NARH, to assist in a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
A large number of services can be offered through telemedicine, including radiology, neurology, cardiology, high-risk obstetrics, dermatology, remote wound care, and physician-to-physician consultation, among others. The telemedicine service uses the internet to transmit high-quality streaming video and audio across the state, allowing physicians in Boston and other venues to view not only the patient in the emergency department, but also diagnostic images such as CT scans and MRI films.
Stroke Warning Signs
The American Stroke Association says these are the warning signs of stroke:
Any of these symptoms should be considered an emergency. Call 9-1-1 for assistance.
Risk factors for stroke that can be controlled or treated:
Risk factors for stroke you cannot change: