Hackettstown Medical Center has been designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, making it a first line of defense for patients experiencing stroke symptoms such as facial drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. Wendy Beatrice, RN, MSN is the Stroke Program Coordinator at Hackettstown Medical Center. Wendy is responsible for the management of Hackettstown Medical Center's Primary Stroke Center, coordinating education, treatment protocols and reporting. "Stroke is more common than most people think and it effects all ages," said Beatrice. "When it comes to a stroke, time lost is brain lost and when a stroke patient arrives here, they are a high priority and receive the critical assistance they need - immediately." To help minimize the effects of a stroke, it is necessary to diagnose and begin treatment as close as possible to the first sign or symptom. "It's a huge benefit for patients in this region that Hackettstown Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center," stressed Beatrice. "Those experiencing stroke-like symptoms can get immediate, quality care for a life threatening issue when every minute counts."
Advancing Teleneurology for Stroke Patients in the ED
Patients in the Emergency Department at Hackettstown Medical Center might see a new "face" roaming the halls. A 5-foot-tall RP-Lite Remote Presence Robot will enable specialists at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ - a regional leader in neurology - to evaluate and treat our stroke patients quickly and effectively through the use of the robot.
The robot has a LCD video screen and two top-mounted cameras that pan, tilt and zoom to optimize viewing of the patient and others in the room, allowing two-way audio/video communication with hospital staff and patients. While controlling the robot remotely with a joy stick and laptop, neurologists at Overlook can easily interact with patients, observe vital signs and zoom to read a chart or examine a wound. The robot enables everyone to see and hear one another and for the neurologist to make a diagnosis in the same way as if that neurologist was actually in the room.
Hackettstown Medical Center has been designated a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and is fully accredited. The addition of this robot to the Stroke/Neurology team will enhance the program by offering quicker stroke diagnoses, while also allowing patients to remain close to home for their care.