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What is Telestroke in Utah?

Telestroke is a system where patients with stroke symptoms living in rural areas can be evaluated by a University of Utah Health Sciences Center stroke neurologist. Stroke patients throughout Utah are given the opportunity to be prescribed clot busting medication (an effective treatment for stroke), which rural areas are usually unable to administer.

The Stroke Center at University of Utah Hospital employs a 24/7 stroke response team, including neurologists trained in stroke treatment and other specialists. For more information about telestroke and which hospitals have telestroke capability, call the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program at 1-866-88-STROKE.

What is a certified stroke center?

A certified stroke facility provides stroke-related care and services that meet the unique, specialized needs of stroke patients. For example, certified stroke centers are required to have health care experts (i.e. doctors, nurses) on hand who provide 24-hour rapid response for stroke care.

As of September 2008, three hospitals in Utah have been certified as Primary Stroke Centers (McKay-Dee Hospital, University of Utah Medical Center, and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center) and Intermountain Medical Center is pending certification. Primary stroke facilities are reviewed every two years by the Joint Commission (JCAHO). For an updated list of certified facilities in Utah, see the JCAHO website.

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