Telestroke is a unique collaboration between the Emergency Department (ED) and the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Centers. If you are admitted to the ED and stroke is suspected, your physician will connect you with the stroke team using a secure videoconferencing device. Northwestern Medicine’s stroke experts will work with your ED team to diagnose your stroke and direct your treatment.
How telestroke works
Through a secure videoconferencing device, telestroke connects you with a Northwestern Medicine care team that specializes in stroke. Through the device, you and your family will be able to speak face-to-face with board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons experienced in the diagnosis and management of stroke.
Using a high-definition camera, our stroke experts will examine you and determine a plan of care for your stroke. Your ED team will start your treatment in the ED. If advanced stroke care is needed, you will be transferred directly to a Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center, where the right specialists will be waiting to take over treatment.
Benefits of telestroke
- Access to Northwestern Medicine stroke specialists—including board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons experienced in the diagnosis and management of stroke—without having to leave the ED
- Increased use, speed and safety of intravenous tPA
- Evidence-based acute stroke management protocols
- Faster decision-making for treatment, admission or transfer when every minute counts
- Specialized support for local hospitals
- Direct transfer to a Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center if needed, where your stroke team will be standing by ready to take over treatment the minute you arrive
Please note: Northwestern Medicine telestroke is not available at all EDs.