Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse will soon be able to treat strokes with video tele-medicine

Having to change hospitals, or waiting for a medical specialist may become a thing of the past.

Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse will soon have Inpatient Telestroke Services.

The Telestroke system allows a neurologist to diagnose and treat someone going through a stroke from a smartphone-like device.

Telestroke is most often used in emergency departments where neurologists are not physically present. Mayo Clinic currently offers telestroke services to 28 Mayo Clinic hospitals and partner hospitals through the Enterprise Telestroke Committee.

The telestroke telemedicine program is used to help a Mayo Clinic neurologist (in Rochester) remotely evaluate patients, make diagnoses and offer treatment recommendations in consultation with staff at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

One neurologist says this service can cut down time when treating someone, which can be crucial in times of a stroke.

“A stroke is a time sensitive emergency. When a brain’s artery ruptures and bleeds, or blocks, minutes matter,” said Dr. Bart Demaerschalk, Professor of Neurology for Mayo Clinic Health System.

Anyone 18 or older can be treated through Inpatient Telestroke Services.

Tele-medicine has been used at Mayo Clinic Health System for several years.

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