Primary Stroke Centre Emergency Departments are linked to Comprehensive Stroke Centres via TeleStroke for immediate consultation with a stroke neurologist. This specialist can view the patient and the CT images remotely. This allows real-time two-way assessment and management of stroke patients without having to be transported first.
Working with the Emergency Department doctor, the stroke neurologist can assess if the patient needs a clot-dissolving medicine to limit the effects of an acute stroke. They can also determine if the patient is a candidate for clot removal (Endovascular Thrombectomy - EVT) which is performed at the Comprehensive Stroke Centres.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transport to the nearest Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Centre in rural regions to improve timely accessibility for advanced stroke treatment.
Emergency Department staff in Non-Primary Stroke Hospitals/Centres know the criteria for the immediate transfer of stroke patients to the nearest Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Centre.
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Patients presenting with suspected acute stroke symptoms, stroke symptoms upon waking or high-risk TIA
Patients who go to a Non-Primary Stroke Centre/Hospital in Central Zone with signs and symptoms of stroke are immediately assessed, and transferred to the nearest Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Centre. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) use bypass protocols to transport patients with stroke symptoms to the nearest Primary Stroke Centre or Comprehensive Stroke Centre.