Journal article

Abstract TP222: Improving the Quality of Acute Stroke Care in regional Australia: The Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program

Dominique A Cadilhac, Kathleen L Bagot, Joosup Kim, Michelle Vu, Helen M Dewey, Peter J Hand, Peter J Mitchell, Bruce C Campbell, Geoffrey A Donnan, Christopher F Bladin

Stroke | Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health) | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background: The Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) program is the largest stroke telemedicine service operating in Australia. Patients and clinicians at 16 regional hospitals in Victoria are provided with 24/7/365 access to a network of on-call metropolitan-based neurologists via telemedicine. The VST program supports rapid differential diagnosis and enhances access to best-practice treatments for acute stroke, including transfer to comprehensive stroke centres for endovascular clot retrieval (ECR). Method: A historical-controlled cohort design was used to evaluate the VST Program. At each hospital, consecutive patient-level data wer..

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