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October 6, 2011

Remote Stroke Treatment Helps Those in Rural Locations

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On Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Anne-Marie Tobin with the Canadian Press wrote an interesting article on remote treatment options for rural Albertans who are suffering from a stroke. Here is a sampling of the article:

Dennis Gordeyko was feeding cattle on his ranch near Camrose, Alta., when he realized he couldn’t move his right arm to pull a hydraulic lever. Then his hired hand noticed he wasn’t talking properly and his face was drooping.

What followed was a mad rush to hospital, a diagnosis of stroke and the speedy administration of clot-busting medication.

When his health crisis unfolded last November, Gordeyko was in Camrose, while the neurologist who treated him remotely via video and data hookup was in Edmonton.

"It sure worked for me," said a now-talkative Gordeyko, 64, adding that he’s doing "really good" except that he doesn’t have good control of his right arm to sign his name, for example.

"We know that there’s a huge disparity in the care that can be delivered across the country because of the size of the country, and the lack of having enough stroke physicians to provide care across the country," he [Dr. Frank Silver of Ontario’s Telestroke program] said in an interview.

"On the other hand, we have the technology with Telestroke to have a stroke neurologist at that patient’s bedside in time to make decisions about treatment, and all that we need now is the will and some funding to make this happen."

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