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Through a partnership with Palmetto Health and the USC School of Medicine, patients at Lake City Community Hospital in Lake City, SC now have access to the expertise of board certified neurologists to assist in the treatment of stroke. As of Dec. 5, 2012, Palmetto Health’s new web-based telemedicine service, REACH, will be available at Lake City Community Hospital. REACH is used for remote evaluation of patients who are experiencing symptoms of stroke.
Using REACH will allow physicians at Palmetto Health to communicate with the patient, staff and patient’s family at Lake City Community Hospital. The REACH computer and camera is rolled to the bedside for examination via high-resolution video conferencing. The physicians at Lake City Community Hospital will then be able to consult with the neurologists from Palmetto Health to make medical recommendations. The patient will be transferred to Palmetto Health Richland, only if a higher level of care or interventional procedures are needed.
Palmetto Health’s Stroke Center is led by Dr. Souvik Sen, medical director of the Palmetto Health Stroke Center and chair of the department of neurology at the USC School of Medicine who is an internationally known neurologist who specializes in stroke care and stroke research. Sen said, “The web-based telemedicine solution provides hospitals with specialists they would otherwise not have access to. Allowing for consult and diagnosis in a timely fashion makes all the difference in the world to the outcome of a stroke victim.”
Palmetto Health wants to remind the community of the American Stroke Association’s warning signs that appear suddenly. If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, do not wait. Call 911 immediately.
· Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
· Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
· Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
· Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
· Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Palmetto Health Richland is the only Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center in the Midlands. And now, through REACH, Palmetto Health Baptist also will qualify to begin the Joint Commission’s certification process.
For more information about Palmetto Health’s Stroke Center, visit PalmettoHealth.org/Stroke.