Telestroke has provided swift, lifesaving treatment and has afforded patients the ability to be treated in an efficient manner in rural areas where neurologists may not always be available. It has been reported that Telestroke in rural areas has increased the ability to treat patients by being able to access a neurologist for assistance in evaluating the patient to determine if administering lifesaving in treatments were needed. The utilization of Telestroke has been shown to increase the use of IV Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) which improves outcomes such as better quality of life, lower disability and improved rehabilitation. Employment of Telestroke is discussed as an efficient means of providing 24/7 neurological consultation to stroke patients in rural hospitals. Employment of Telestroke is discussed as an efficient means of providing 24/7 neurological consultation to stroke patients in rural hospitals.
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