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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NB Government To Roll Out Telestroke Program

The provincial government is rolling out a new program that could drastically reduce the amount of time stroke patients wait for medical advice.

Health Minister Ted Flemming says the TeleStroke program will use telecommunications equipment to link emergency department physicians to an on-call neurologist.

The on-call neurologist can offer advice such as when to administer t-PA, a drug which reduces blood clots.
The Department of Health is working with Horizon Health Network, Vitalité Health Network, Ambulance New Brunswick, FacilicorpNB and the Heart and Stroke Foundation to put the program in place by the end of 2014. For more information click here