These days, it’s amazing what technology can do.
Case in point, Nash General Hospital is now using a high-tech robot to help improve patient care for people who are being treated for a stroke.
The robot allows patients who are being treated at Nash General for a stroke to be examined by doctors at Duke Medicine. Using the robot’s monitor, physicians at Nash General can consult with Duke neurologists, the Telegram’s John Henderson reported. Two-way cameras allow specialists from Duke to communicate with the patient and his or her family, review records and guide tests being administered to the patient.
We are excited about the program, which could help Nash General to improve care for stroke patients.
Among its benefits, the robot has the potential to enable doctors and nurses to administer medication in a more timely manner.
In turn, that could help reduce some of the harmful effects of stroke.
Nash General was one of Duke Medicine’s first partners in this initiative, according to Brad Kolls, who is director of the Duke Telestroke Network.
We are glad that Nash General is involved in this program, and we’re glad to see the hospital serving as a pioneer in this respect.
Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
One in every 18 deaths in the United States is from stroke, according to the CDC. Stroke also is a leading cause of serious long-term disability, the CDC reports.
It is imperative that we do everything we can to combat stroke.
Having this new robot is a positive step for this region of the state. We are eager to see the results of this new program.