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Video System Speeds Stroke Care


Lisa DeVore, R.N., with Marsha Enchelmaier, M.S.N., R.N. as a simulated patient, demonstrates the new video system in use by the St. Anthony’s Stroke Team.

A video system now being used at St. Anthony’s is improving the assessment and door-to-intervention time for patients with life-threatening strokes. The system allows Stroke Team and Rapid Response neurologists, physicians and nurses to collaborate in real time on neuro exams and is improving the speed and quality of care to stroke patients. The system allows treatment with the clotbusting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to be started more quickly, or for the patient to be transported more quickly to Interventional Radiology for endovascular care.

“Our four on-call neurologists can see what’s going on before they come to the Emergency Department,” explained Marsha Enchelmaier, M.S.N., R.N., Manager of St. Anthony’s Stroke Team. “They can direct the nurse to get the exam needed, and we can get the treatment started in a much faster manner.”

The nurses appreciate having the expertise of the physician as they use the National Institutes of Health stroke scale to quantify the patient’s impairment.

“It makes us more knowledgeable and improves our assessment skills as well,” said Lisa DeVore, R.N., Stroke Nurse with the Rapid Response Team.