The Digital Pioneer programme has helped to implement secure video communication to connect paramedics with local specialist stroke consultants from their ambulance.
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Every year in the East of England, about 6,000 people suffer a suspected stroke. Around 40-50 per cent of these will be having a stroke ‘mimic’ – a condition exhibiting symptoms that resemble a stroke, but may not need an emergency hospital admission. This programme allows stroke consultants to advise paramedics for more effective triage.
“Excellent piece of kit, saved time for all concerned, very impressed” – Patient feedback
How did the Innovation Exchange help?
Eastern AHSN originally gave £5,000 to train 12 paramedics in Ipswich; in March 2019, it gave the Stroke Telemedicine Service an extra £4,480 to train another 12 paramedics in Norfolk.
Impact & Outcomes
This service has the potential to save vital hours of unnecessary resource in hospital emergency departments through the provision of an earlier diagnosis and triage. With a reduction in the number of stroke mimics assigned to emergency departments and an improvement in stroke diagnostic acuity, this technology is ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate care.