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Acute stroke care at a button press: system links clinicians, neurologists

The experts behind a Victorian telemedicine program that delivers acute stroke care to regional Victoria want the intervention to go national.

Professor Christopher Bladin, program lead of the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) project at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, discussed the effectiveness of the program and lessons learned following its rollout during his presentation at the Digital Health Summit in Melbourne.

VST is active in 16 major regional and rural hospitals across the state. It allows clinicians to access a virtual system linking the hospitals to a network of Melbourne-based neurologists who can provide treatment advice about patients with acute stroke symptoms.

The 24-hour-a-day service is underpinned by audiovisual communication between neurologists, patients and clinicians, and real-time access to brain imaging.

It aims to reduce diagnostic delays and improve access to effective acute stroke treatments.

Nursing Review spoke with Bladin following his presentation at the conference to find out what staff using the system work through and what he attributes its success to.

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