LITTLE ROCK – St. Vincent Medical Center/North in Sherwood has joined a
“This partnership gives St. Vincent Medical Center/North an opportunity to provide a higher level of quality life-saving care that the citizens of Sherwood and the surrounding area need,” said Randy Cason, administrator/CEO of St. Vincent Medical Center/North. “We’re committed to helping reduce the number of deaths and disabilities caused by stroke due to the lack of immediate diagnosis and treatment. We’re also excited to be the first hospital in central
The SAVES program is made possible by partnerships between the
“This is an important part of UAMS’ mission – reaching out to all areas of the state and helping local physicians identify patients with stroke and improve the patients’ outcomes,” said Salah Keyrouz, M.D., the Arkansas SAVES medical director and assistant professor of neurology at UAMS.
The most recent statistics from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that
“The Arkansas SAVES program will save lives and money because if stroke patients get the treatment they need within three hours, they have a much greater chance of living without a major, costly disability,” said Julie Hall-Barrow, Ed.D., education director for the
“Being a partner in this program, with neurologists who can quickly assess a stroke patient, will greatly assist our emergency department in treating the citizens of North Pulaski and Lonoke counties,” said Justin White, M.D., medical director of St. Vincent Medical Center/North Emergency Department.
While many stroke patients are rushed to their local hospital emergency room, they still are at high risk of death or permanent disability. That’s because emergency rooms aren’t likely to be staffed by a neurologist who can diagnose the type of stroke and whether to treat it with t-PA, the blood-clot dissolving agent used for ischemic stroke. Although potentially life-saving for people with an ischemic stroke, t-PA may be detrimental if the patient has a hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into surrounding brain tissue.
The Arkansas SAVES system relies on the state Health Department’s hospital preparedness high-speed video network transmission lines that provide the live, video communication necessary to link an on-call neurologist with a local hospital physician who is caring for a stroke patient.
The SAVES program will continue adding hospitals across
Since the program began Nov. 1, 68 stroke patients have been consulted by SAVES neurologists and 11 have received the t-PA drug.
“Short of being able to prevent strokes, which should be our ultimate quest, this is the best model program we could use to treat strokes,” Keyrouz said.
He noted that high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, age, gender, high cholesterol and lack of exercise are all risk factors for stroke. It’s also important that the public be aware of the signs and symptoms of a stroke, such as sudden weakness, numbness, unsteady gait, and visual and speech problems.
In addition to Keyrouz, two other neurologists make up the team: James Schmidley, M.D., professor of neurology at UAMS, and Margaret Tremwel, M.D., a neurologist at Sparks Regional Health System in
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