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Reducing Door-to-Needle Times and Expediting Transfer for Endovascular Care

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Partnering in Stroke Care

Williamsport Regional Medical Center (WRMC) in Williamsport, PA, is the only designated Primary Stroke Center within the UPMC Susquehanna four-hospital health system. In 2015, when new guidelines were introduced by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association that addressed the early management of patients presenting with Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS) regarding endovascular treatment, WRMC looked to take immediate action to improve door to needle times (DTN) for administering tPA and to establish a relationship with a respected regional medical center for transferring patients who met the criteria for endovascular intervention.

SOC Telemed (SOC) and WRMC partnered to present this whitepaper to demonstrate the challenges WRMC faced in improving DTN times and in coordinating endovascular care for appropriate patients, describe processes put into action to tackle these challenges, and highlight the WRMC-SOC telemedicine program.

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