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Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Launches Telestroke Program

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital | 0 comments

AUBURN, Calif.  – While strokes may be the fifth leading cause of death, 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, according to the National Stroke Association. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH), a certified primary stroke center approved by the Joint Commission, is helping educate the community on stroke symptoms and launches a Telestroke program with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) to deliver around-the-clock emergency diagnosis and treatment to stroke patients.

“Providing stroke patients with the best care possible is our first and foremost goal” said Jeremy Graff, M.D., SAFH ED physician. “This technology is about expanding access to care by bringing the specialist to the patient versus the patient to the specialist especially when each minute counts.”

As part of the Telestroke program, local SAFH Emergency Department physicians can speak directly with stroke neurologists at CPMC via one-on-one video consultations. CPMC stroke neurologists provide patient care recommendations for any patient presenting with a stroke or stroke-like symptoms. With real-time guidance from stroke neurologists, local physicians are able to apply the most modern stroke treatments, bringing top-notch care and optimizing outcomes for stroke patients.

“Strokes are a serious condition that can be treated most effectively if diagnosed early,” said Dr. Graff. “There are effective therapies for stroke that must be administered at a hospital and it’s best to administer them within the first three hours after stroke symptoms appear.”

Strokes impact not only the patient but also the patient’s family members as they begin to recover. Having a network of community members that have experienced a stroke can be helpful. To provide support for families and stroke patients, SAFH hosts a stroke support group every third Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. – noon to engage in discussions with members of the community and clinical staff. For more information, call 530-889-6087.

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital | 0 comments