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ASK THE EXPERT

Neurologist Andrea
DeLeo, DO, MSE

TELESTROKE ENHANCES
PATIENT OUTCOMES

Neurologist Andrea DeLeo, DO, MSE, a Community
Care Network physician, discusses the benefits of
Community Healthcare System's partnership with Rush
University Medical Center's TeleStroke Network.

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Why is TeleStroke an important tool to diagnose and treat
brain aneurysms and stroke?
A study reported in JAMA Neurology
found the TeleStroke networking program can cut five minutes off the time
needed to give a patient a computed

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Who is a candidate for
TeleStroke?
Having the TeleStroke device at
our side allows us to rapidly and accurately pinpoint the site that is triggering
stroke. Ideal candidates for this telemedicine approach are patients with large
vessel stroke symptoms and those with
CT perfusion imaging that confirms the
presence of clot and extent of an acute
ischemic event, such as thrombotic or
embolic stroke. Also, it can help confirm
the presence of aneurysm and any outpouching or weakness in a blood vessel. ■
APPOINTMENTS

Expert Neurologic Care
Andrea DeLeo is affiliated with Community Hospital in Munster and
St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago. For an appointment, call
219-836-2995. Her office is located at 801 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 404,
Munster. To learn more, visit comhs.org/services/stroke-care.

TOP LEFT PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

What is TeleStroke?
The video robot TeleStroke
device gives us rapid visual
reviews of ischemic stroke patients
arriving to emergency departments of Community Hospital,
St. Catherine Hospital and
St. Mary Medical Center. The neuroendovascular team at Rush University
Medical Center sees the patient through
a camera while members of the hospital's stroke team simultaneously perform a bedside exam. Based on what's
found in the bedside exam, the team can
quickly decide if the patient is a candidate for tissue plasminogen activator
(tPA) treatment, followed by monitoring
in intensive care.

tomography (CT) scan to diagnose
stroke and 26 minutes off the time to
administer the clot-busting drug tPA.
There is direct visualization by a stroke
specialist during the assessment with
determination of symptom onset and
symptom severity. The findings are correlated to other scores, including CT imaging, to allow the neurologist to determine
the best treatment option for patients.


http://www.comhs.org/services/stroke-care

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