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Recommendations for the Implementation of Telemedicine Within Stroke Systems of Care

  • Telemedicine technology provides specialists with the data necessary to assist clinicians at the bedside in stroke-related decision making for patients presenting at distant or under-equipped facilities. 
  • The reported numbers of telestroke consultations overall and those that lead to thrombolysis show that the use of telemedicine is feasible and has already impacted local stroke care. 
  • Barriers to effective telestroke implementation include licensure and liability laws, technology assessment and deployment, community outreach/education, assuring confidentiality of information shared, and processes of requesting and delivering telemedicine consultations.
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Definition and Evaluation of Transient Ischemic Attack

  • The annual incidence of transient ischemic attack (TIA) is about 200,000 to 500,000, with the population prevalence about 2.3 percent or about 5 million Americans.
  • Ten percent to 15 percent of patients with TIA have a stroke within three months and about one half within 48 hours.
  • TIA is considered an urgent medical issue, with acute treatments available, such as carotid endarterectomy.
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