Many nontraumatic situations or conditions may occur and need to be handled properly.
Examples of medical situations and conditions that warrant immediate medical attention.
In an emergency, it is easy to "forget" even the most well-known information.
Here are some tips from the American College of Emergency Physicians that all members of your household should know.
In the interest of protecting yourself, it's best to learn about emergency medicine before you find yourself in an ER.
When seconds count, rely on INTEGRIS TeleStroke Network to receive 24 hour stroke expertise
TeleStroke provides real-time expert neurological assessment of patients presenting with stroke-like symptoms in your hospital’s emergency department. This expertise-on-demand can help you rapidly evaluate and treat potential acute stroke patients. All of our stroke experts are trained in the practice of TeleStroke and participate in our TeleStroke quality assurance program.
For many communities, telemedicine is an important building block for developing a comprehensive stroke care system that reaches its citizens. With acute stroke expertise available "virtually" at the bedside, you won’t need to immediately transfer possible stroke patients elsewhere for evaluation, and the patients don’t lose precious time until the administration of tPA or other critical therapy.
Activating the TeleStroke Network
When a patient with stroke-like symptoms presents at an INTEGRIS TeleStroke Network member emergency department, the hospital follows the standard acute stroke protocol and calls our on-call stroke neurologist. We then immediately begin the assessment of your patient.
The INTEGRIS TeleStroke neurologist contacts the hospital by phone to review the case and initiate a video conference call if appropriate. After the video conference is established, the emergency department physician provides additional information about the patient. The stroke neurologist will then review the patient’s presentation with the emergency department physician and staff will perform a focused neurological assessment.
Upon completion of the exam, the TeleStroke neurologist reviews the brain images and then discusses the findings with the emergency department physician. Together they decide on the best plan of care. The findings and recommendation of the stroke neurologist are stored securely on the TeleStroke Network web site and are available for the hospital to print out and place in the patient’s medical record.