Providing specialized stroke care 24/7

Time is critical in the case of a stroke, and quick diagnosis and treatment can save a life. Klickitat Valley Health now has new Telestroke technology with stroke experts at the virtual bedside of patients and emergency physicians, improving accuracy and reducing possible deaths or disabilities caused by stroke.

A partnership with the Providence Telestroke Network provides KVH patients twenty-four-hour access to acute stroke experts via a secure Internet connection and two-way live video audio conferencing using the RP-Lite mobile monitor and tower.

A patient experiencing stroke-like symptoms can receive a remote consultation with a Providence stroke neurologist as soon as they arrive at the emergency department. Keeping treatment, rehabilitation, and follow up care within the community reduces costs and travel time for patients and their families.

This technology connects KVH to world-class stroke specialists at any time, day or night. Since stroke treatment is time-critical, the faster patients can be accurately diagnosed and treated, the better their outcomes.

The portable two-way communication system is equipped with high definition cameras, capable of detecting pupil movement, directional microphones and speakers, and a stethoscope that sends vitals directly to the consulting neurologist. Imaging results, such as CT scans, can also be shared.

The Telestroke neurologist is virtually on staff here at KVH and can assess and treat stroke patients using the Telemedicine system within 15 minutes of a call.


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