The average human brain has 22 billion
neurons. When stroke occurs, those numbers go down as precious
minutes add up. Stroke victims lose 1.9 million neurons per minute without treatment. Time and
access to specialized care are essential in surviving a stroke.
There is a critical four-and-one-half
hour window of opportunity to administer the clot-dissolving treatment alteplase,
which can limit and sometimes reverse the neurological damage suffered during
an ischemic stroke. But, if it’s going to work, qualifying patients must reach
an emergency department and receive treatment when it is expected to be
While many Minnesota hospitals are
well equipped to provide care to stroke patients, the needed 24/7 access to
on-call neurologists experienced in administering this treatment is usually
limited to large urban areas. This neurological expertise can be critical in
correctly diagnosing patients who might benefit from alteplase and other forms
At Allina Health, these geographic
barriers are overcome with the use of telemedicine. Through TeleStroke, the stroke
code teams from Allina Health export stroke expertise
to smaller regional hospitals using video technology. Stroke
neurologists from Allina Health's certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers
participate, making themselves available 24/7 to offer this service to a number
of affiliated regional hospitals. This partnership
allows us to expedite the critical diagnosis and treatment decision.
Northwestern and United Hospitals are certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
Abbott Northwestern-WestHealth – Plymouth, MinnesotaBaldwin Area Medical Center – Baldwin, WisconsinBuffalo Hospital – Buffalo, MinnesotaCambridge Medical Center – Cambridge, MinnesotaCuyuna Regional Medical Center – Crosby, MinnesotaDistrict One Hospital – Faribault, MinnesotaEssentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center – Brainerd, MinnesotaEssentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center – Duluth, MinnesotaFirstLight Health System – Mora, MinnesotaGlencoe Regional Health Services – Glencoe, MinnesotaGranite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor – Granite Falls, MinnesotaMeeker Memorial Hospital – Litchfield, MinnesotaNew Ulm Medical Center – New Ulm, MinnesotaOwatonna Hospital – Owatonna, MinnesotaRC Hospital and Clinics – Olivia, MinnesotaRegina Hospital – Hastings, MinnesotaRiver Falls Area Hospital – River Falls, WisconsinRiver's Edge Hospital & Clinic – St. Peter, MinnesotaRiverwood Healthcare Center – Aitkin, MinnesotaSibley Medical Center – Arlington, MinnesotaSt. Francis Regional Medical Center – Shakopee, Minnesota