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Murray Hospital Offers InTouch Technology in ER
By WestKyStar & MCCH Staff
MURRAY - Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Emergency Department has integrated a new piece of technology called InTouch Health used to care for potential stroke patients. The equipment is an arm of telemedicine that connects with neuro specialists who are able to do a rapid assessment via the screen to determine the next level of care for potential stroke patients. The technology was used beginning in December for training employees and went LIVE in January. MCCH focuses on putting the patient’s needs first and has integrated solutions to advance physician diagnosis of stroke through this latest telestroke solution. MCCH has aligned to use this technology with Skyline in Nashville TN, which has a comprehensive stroke center. 

Stroke occurs when a vessel in the brain ruptures or is blocked by a blood clot. There are two types of strokes: hemorrhagic and ischemic. An ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain, which accounts for 87% of all stroke cases. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures and spills blood into brain tissue. Approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. and 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke each year.

The InTouch Telehealth Network facilitates a remote consultation between a stroke doctor and patient during the critical time window for stroke treatment, which allows for more timely application of clinical therapies. The InTouch Network currently powers more than 65% of all U.S. telestroke networks and manages a telestroke consult every nine minutes, touching the lives of nearly 60,000 victims annually.

The diagnostic imaging platform provides advanced viewing, processing and analysis of blood flow in the brain, which allows physicians to more accurately assess the duration of the patient’s stroke and determine the most appropriate level of treatment. 

For more information on this technology in the use of a potential stroke patient, call the Marketing Department at 270-762-1381 or visit www.murrayhospital.org.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital is a 152-licensed bed medical center located at 803 Poplar Street in Murray, Kentucky.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Western Kentucky area for over 100 years.  Murray Hospital specializes in such major areas as women’s services, surgery, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, psychiatric services, emergency services and more. Murray-Calloway County Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  

Published 10:17 PM, Wednesday May. 01, 2019
Updated 05:44 AM, Friday May. 03, 2019

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