Just in Time
Donor-funded Telestroke helps reduce devastating impact of strokes for rural Albertans  

Every year 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke. For those living in remote areas or near smaller hospitals, having to travel to a larger centre such as the University of Alberta Hospital – at a time when every minute matters - can be devastating.

That’s how it used to be. Not anymore.

Videoconferencing connects patients with doctors

The state-of-the-art Telestroke Program at the University of Alberta Hospital gives Albertans living in the northern half of the province 24-7 access to the same team of world-leading stroke neurologists as patients right in the hospital have.

Telestroke connects patients with neurologists via videoconferencing, enabling face-to-face interaction that is so crystal clear that doctors can make life-saving diagnoses and decisions on the spot.

“Telestroke is truly is the next best thing to actually being there,” says Dr. Thomas Jeerakathil, a stroke neurologist at the University of Alberta Hospital. “We can instruct doctors in those smaller centres to administer clot-busting drugs that will literally save the life of the stroke patient. And if further intervention is required, patients can be transported to Edmonton after they’re stabilized. Without Telestroke, there is no way we could do that.”

Your donations can make Telestroke even better

With the purchase of additional Telestroke equipment and technology, donors to the University Hospital Foundation can help ensure that all patients in central and northern Alberta get the best treatment possible the instant they need it.

For stroke patients already in the University Hospital, donor generosity will support the advancement of stroke patient care by helping to purchase two critical pieces of potentially life-saving equipment:

  • Transcranial Doppler Imaging System that will help doctors detect if a patient is experiencing a stroke and, if so, identify potential causes of the stroke;
  • Carotid Ultrasound Machine for the A.H. Owen and Family Stroke Prevention Clinic at the University of Alberta Hospital,  a specialized ultrasound machine that’s designed to detect stroke-causing plaque build-up in the carotid arteries.

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