The GW hospital will be the first in the district to offer advanced software for stroke patients, according to a…
The GW hospital will be the first in the district to offer advanced software for stroke patients, according to a press release from the hospital Wednesday.
The hospital will soon use RAPID CT Perfusion – a platform for brain education software used to identify treatment options for stroke patients. The automated system allows physicians to locate early signs of brain injury or decreases in blood flow to the brain, the release states.
Kimberly Russo, Hospital Executive and Chief Executive Officer, said offering advanced technology is “important” for GW hospital’s task of improving patient care.
“The implementation of this new software is another way we can fulfill this mission and ultimately improve the care of those affected by stroke,” said Russo.
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association approved new guidelines for stroke treatment last spring that allow a wide range of stroke patients to qualify for life-saving treatments, such as blood clot removal and dissolution, emission permits.
The RAPID platform helps identify certain patients with rescued brain tissue up to 24 hours after they were last seen, while the previous treatment window for mechanical thrombectomy ̵
1; blood clot removal three Dimitri Sigounas, neurosurgeon and intervention neuroradiologist at the hospital said the center is one of the few trick hospital which offers 24-hour neuro-intervention radiology specialists to perform minimal invasive procedures and treatment for complex strokes.
“With this new technology, we can plan and prepare these procedures more quickly and accurately, resulting in improved results for our patients,” says Sigounas in the release.
The RAPID platform also provides immediate results to doctors without having to exchange e-mails containing the patient’s private information, which simplifies medical communication about changes in patient blood flow, according to release.
“During a stroke it’s time to” Henry Kaminski, the hospital’s neurological department chair, said in the release. “Clot removal and dissolution of treatments greatly improves the outcome of stroke patients. The faster we can provide this treatment to patients who will benefit, the better the results will patients have.”