In 2010, Saint Louise Regional Hospital was proud to announce the launch of a stroke care program which was the first in the Bay Area to implement a telemedicine program, which will extend the level of care the hospital is currently able to provide stroke patients.
With a high-quality, reliable telemedicine infrastructure, the telemedicine program will provide over 40 board-certified, emergency neurologists from large, state-of-the-art teaching institutions. These neurologists will evaluate patients in real time via Saint Louise
The program provides 24-hour coverage for our ED, ICU, Medical/Surgical floor and our Hospitalists. The response time is significantly faster than having the usual on-site, on-call neurologists.
A stroke occurs when blood vessels in the brain clog (ischemic stroke) or burst (hemorrhagic stroke). During a stroke, time is crucial because every minute treatment is delayed means more brain cells may be lost.
Some warning signs for a stroke include sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of coordination, and sudden severe headaches with no known cause. Please call 911 immediately if you are experiencing any of these warning signs.
For more information, please call the Saint Louise Regional Hospital stroke coordinator at (408) 848-4946.