The Power County Hospital is excited to add Tele-Stroke services at the hospital! These services are now available as part of an affiliation agreement with the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) in Idaho Falls that will help ensure that local residents and surrounding communities have 24-7 access to neurologists for timely stroke diagnosis
We are excited to work with EIRMC as a nationally recognized stroke treatment center and the only area facility with 24-7 neurology coverage; along with the extensive network of neurologists available with BlueSky Telehealth. Together they will provide 24-7 coverage for stroke assessments, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations to our providers at Power County Hospital for giving tPA medications sooner; and best practice transfer protocols to get patients to EIRMC or the best facility for further treatment and best chance for minimal damage and survival. The Power County Hospital providers and staffs have been training with the local EMS crews and EIRMC telehealth specialists on the new protocols and equipment to now have these services in place.
A stroke can be a critical and scary experience. It happens when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to the brain becomes blocked or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain no longer receives the oxygen it needs, and the tissue in that area starts to die. We encourage everyone in our community to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a stroke (see F.A.S.T. guidelines) to react quickly, call 911, and get necessary assessments faster here in town with this system! We are excited to partner with EIRMC to bring these great new services to our community to help with the best options for timely stroke diagnosis, treatment and transfer for our area residents.
To recognize the warning signs of a stroke, remember F.A.S.T
- FACE: Ask the person to smile. See if one side of the mouth droops.
- ARMS: Ask the person to life both arms. See if one side uncontrollably lowers.
- SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat simple phrases to see if there is difficulty or confusion.
- TIME: If a person exhibits any of these symptoms, time is of the essence. Call 911 immediately! Tell the dispatcher you think it might be a stroke.