New stroke treatment coming to UnityPoint Health St. Luke's

New stroke treatment coming to UnityPoint Health St. Luke's

A partnership between UnityPoint Health St. Luke's in Sioux City and the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is giving local doctors new options to treat stroke patients.

It's bringing "telemedicine" to the St. Luke's ER, allowing providers in Sioux City to connect via computer to a neurologist in Omaha for examination and treatment recommendations.

"If a doctor is on call, that does not necessarily mean they are in the hospital. That means they may have to respond from an outside location, their office or if they're home that day, things like that. This decreases that travel time so it's immediate access. They can pull it up on a tablet by their side. They can do the assessment from that tablet and provide treatment options," said Alan Faith, Emergency Department Manager.

The goal is to get treatment started within 5 minutes of a patient arriving, time which can be critical in dealing with strokes.

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