Clinical Telemedicine Blog

World Stroke Day - Learn the Warning Signs of a Stroke

By Joe Peterson, M.D.

Warning signs of stroke1 in 6 men and 1 in 5 women will experience a stroke in their lifetime; Every two seconds, someone in the world suffers a stroke; Every six seconds, someone dies of a stroke; Every six seconds, someone’s quality of life will forever be changed – they will permanently be physically disabled due to stroke.

 

Today is World Stroke Day, a day dedicated to promoting stroke awareness.  SOC is proud to be one of the companies helping to fight this epidemic. There are 800,000 strokes a year in the USA; approximately one of every 50 is evaluated by a SOC physician.

In honor of World Stroke Day we want to remind you of the tremendous work we do made possible because of the amazing employees, partners, hospital partners, and physicians we work with. Consider that, with your help, SOC:

  • Provides 24/7/365 on-call emergency teleneurology coverage for 225+ hospitals in 23 states
  • Delivers over 2,000 emergency teleneurology consultations each month
  • Has conducted more than 55,000 emergency teleneurology consultations in less than 6 years – more than any bricks and mortar medical facility in the country
  • Delivered 13,000+ stroke consults per year
  • Oversaw the administration of t-PA 900+ YTD 2012

Knowing the warning signs and getting someone who may be suffering a stroke to the hospital quickly allows them to be assessed for the clot-busting drug t-PA, which may reduce disability or death from stroke. An easy way to recognize the sudden signs of stroke is to remember FAST:

F – Face - can the person smile?
A – Arm - Can the person raise both arms?
S – Speech - Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
T – Time - Act FAST!

By simply educating yourselves and your families on the signs and symptoms of stroke and seeking immediate treatment, together we can make a profound improvement in the care of stroke patients across the country!

 

        Joe Peterson, MD

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Topics: telemedicine, Stroke, neurology, teleneurology, emergency neurology, stroke awareness, healthcare, Emergency Medicine, Neurologic Emergency, Physicians, Primary Stroke Centers, Neurologic Emergencies, World Stroke Day, telemedicine solutions, warning signs of stroke, FAST test for stroke, Specialists On Call, SOC

3rd Annual Specialists On Call Physician Conference

By Amy Levitt

Author: Joe Peterson, M.D.

SOC again embarked on the beautiful grounds of the Cypress Villas Golf Resort in Orlando Florida for our third annual Physician Telemedicine Conference. This Continuing Medical Education (CME) conference, held October 15-16, at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida, was designed for healt care professionals to gain familiarity with new technology, treatment techniques and diagnostics for patients with neurological emergencies.

In addition to the lectures and discussions, several awards were given out at the conference in recognition of milestones and hard work achieved by Specialists On Call customers and physicians.

    • The Nurse Champion awards were presented to both Debra Motz, BSN, MS, regional stroke coordinator, Baptist Health System, TX, and Tammie Stefenko, RN, stroke coordinator, Baptist Hospital of Pensacola, FL, for their personal dedication and championship of stroke, neurology care and telemedicine program.

    • The System Partner Award was presented to Bon Secours Health System for advancing patient care in the treatment of acute illness using telemedicine services.

    • The SOC Clinical Excellence Award went to Dr. Carlos Villar, MD, for his creativity, drive and devotion, which has helped define the new and emerging field of emergency neurology.


Other highlights of the conference include:

    • Keynote Speaker: Michael De Georgia, MD, FACP, FAHA, FCCM, discussed theories from his book Struck Down: The Collision of Stroke and World History.

    • Stephan Mayer, MD, FCCM, presented “StepWise Management of Elevated of Intracranial Pressure: Modern Thoughts on an Ancient Problem ”

    • Albi Penalver, MD, discussed  ”The World of Emergency Psychiatry”

    • Anne Leonard, MPH, RN, CCRC, FAHA, presented “Primary Stroke Centers: The Current Opportunities and Remaining Barriers to Universal Implementation”

    • Evan Allen, MD, MBA, discussed “Telemedicine and Emergency Neurology: From Vision To Reality”


Plans have already begun for the 4th annual conference. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Topics: telemedicine, Stroke, Primary Stroke Centers, Neurologic Emergencies, Emergency Psychiatry, Uncategorized, Continuing Medical Education