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Mills-Peninsula, CPMC Team Up for Telestroke Service



In November 2015, Mills-Peninsula’s Emergency Department gained expanded stroke treatment expertise through a new telestroke service collaboration with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), a Sutter Health affiliate in San Francisco.

The telestroke service allows CPMC stroke neurologists to assess stroke patients at Mills-Peninsula in real time through a high-definition video and audio connection. Working in collaboration with a Mills-Peninsula ED physician, a stroke neurologist at CPMC is able to assess the Mills-Peninsula stroke patient, communicate with the patient and the patient’s family, and access all related tests, X-rays and scans.  

“With this service, not only will our physicians have immediate access to a stroke neurologist, but more importantly the patient and family will also be able to speak to a specialist using two-way communication and make a decision about their care in that emergent situation,” says Jenny Im, Mills-Peninsula’s stroke coordinator.

Time is especially critical when treating a stroke. Research shows that stroke patients who are treated with the blood clot-busting medicine tPA as soon as possible after the stroke onset have dramatically improved outcomes and less disability. A manual clot-removal procedure, called a mechanical thrombectomy, also must be performed within a set window of time after a stroke to be effective.

Depending on the treatment needed, some stroke patients who arrive at Mills-Peninsula’s ED will be admitted to Mills-Peninsula Medical Center for further treatment and some will be transferred by ambulance to CPMC for treatment. CPMC specializes in the mechanical thrombectomy procedure and other complex procedures to stop brain bleeding.

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