What is Telestroke?

Telestroke, or The Stroke Telemedicine Collaborative, connects doctors at Fayette County Memorial Hospital (FCMH) with stroke experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. This state-of-the-art program uses advanced video equipment in the emergency room to contact the stroke experts at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. Together, our healthcare team and Ohio State’s stroke experts work to give you and your family the best stroke treatment available.

Stroke is always a medical emergency. Research shows that treatment by an expert stroke team within three to six hours of your first symptom can slow or stop the effects of stroke.

Telestroke is available to you and your family 24/7.

How does Telestroke work?

When you arrive at the emergency room with symptoms of a stroke, a “Stroke Alert” takes place. This alert lets our staff and Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center know that you need immediate help. Ohio State’s stroke team quickly comes together and talks to our providers on special video equipment, right there in the emergency room. To slow or stop your symptoms, Ohio State’s stroke team assists our doctors in giving you treatments that may include dissolving or removing blood clots that cause stroke.

How does the Telestroke program help me?

Should you or your loved one suffer a stroke, this collaboration between Ohio State’s stroke experts and FCMH gives you and your family an excellent level of care.

• The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center which means we offer effective, specialized and advanced stroke care that will lead to better patient outcomes.

• Ohio State’s stroke team is made up of doctors who are experts in stroke care. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center has the only surgeons in central Ohio who can perform both traditional surgery and endovascular surgery. Endovascular surgery is a special type of surgery that helps patients recover more quickly.

•The Telestroke program allows you and your family members to be seen as quickly as possible by the best stroke team in the region, when every minute counts.