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First-of-Its-Kind Collaboration in Illinois!

The new arrangement means that RCH patients now have access to CDH's stroke specialists and advanced treatment options... which means even faster, more complete stroke treatment when it's most critical. The affiliation makes RCH  the first community hospital with this kind of arrangement in Illinois. It also enables the use of state-of-the- art technology to facilitate consultations between hospitals. As a result, we are able to offer even better care to our patients, while ensuring they receive the necessary treatment to minimize the effects of stroke.

RCH patients with stroke symptoms have always had access to an emergency team who follows the current FDA-approved stroke protocol, i.e., treatment must be administered within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. The collaboration between the two hospitals means patients have 24/7 access to CDH's comprehensive stroke center as well.

A Difference in Stroke Treatment

According to Harish Shownkeen, M.D., co-medical director of the Stroke and Neurovascular Program at CDH, "Our Brain Attack Team will work alongside RCH's emergency room physicians 24/7 via a telemedicine 'robot' to best assess the patient and determine a treatment plan quickly." Designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission since 2006, CDH's program offers advanced interventional treatment options, including FDA-approved devices and participation in clinical trials, with a treatment window up to 24 hours after the onset of symptoms for those who qualify.

Facts on Stroke

On average, someone dies from a stroke every four minutes. That's according to the latest statistics from the American Heart Association. The average time from symptom onset to emergency care ranges from four to 24 hours in the United States. Multiple factors contribute to these delays, i.e., some patients are sleeping and symptoms are not discovered until the patient wakes up, strokes may leave victims too incapacitated to call for help, patients in remote locations may be hours away from a certified stroke center, and strokes may go unrecognized by patients or their caregivers.

The Newest Technology

Through the 5'6" RP-7® Robot (invented, designed and manufactured by InTouch Health of Santa Barbara, CA), a physician can interact and converse with a patient, the family, and a physician or nurse through a live, two-way audio and video portal. Using a joystick, the camera and the guidance of 360° infrared sensors, the physician can maneuver the robot through the hospital to a patient's bedside and move the robot's head to view vital signs on monitors and charts. The physician drives the robot through remote access. Almost self-sufficient, the robot only requires an outlet for recharging its battery.

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