HARTSVILLE, SC (February 3, 2011) — Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center and The Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) stroke team have partnered to provide urgent consultations at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center through a Web-based outreach initiative called REACH MUSC. "REACH" stands for remote evaluation of acute ischemic stroke.
This potentially life-saving network connects the Emergency Department at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center with immediate, round-the-clock access to MUSC's stroke care experts, who can remotely provide urgent consultations after virtually examining patients and brain imaging studies.
Many rural, community medical centers often receive stroke patients, but have no neurologists or do not have sufficient coverage to create a round-the-clock stroke team capable of rapid stroke evaluation and treatment.
With the use of REACH, a Stroke Neurology consult can be obtained in an average of 9 minutes. Using tele-stroke as an example, a patient with new onset of stroke comes to the Emergency Department at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center and is shown to an MUSC stroke specialist using a camera/ computer system in the Emergency Department. The MUSC specialist can log on anywhere and view the patient, interview family and see brain scans over a secure website provided by REACH Call, Inc, the platform provider.
Alteplase (tPA) is the only approved treatment for stroke and the timing of when this drug is given is so very important. REACH allows the stroke consult to happen quite rapidly thus the decision for treatment can also be very timely. Minutes matter in stabilizing stroke victims – REACH now provides those life-changing minutes to patients at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center.
“We are very honored to work with MUSC in bringing this tele-stroke program to our community. We are in the life-saving business at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, and REACH helps us to make life-saving decisions for our patients who come to our ER with stroke symptoms.” says Naomi Holley, Chief Nursing Officer.
Located in Hartsville, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is a 116- bed acute-care hospital serving more than 60,000 residents in Hartsville/Darlington and the contiguous counties. A full range of services and programs are offered: ER/Trauma Center, Surgery, Sleep Lab, The Wound Center, Sports Medicine and Rehab, Cardiac Rehab, The Women’s Place, Imaging Department with Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, CT and much more. Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Carolina Pines is located at 1304 W. Bobo Newsom Highway. Learn more information at www.cprmc.com.