Pointe Coupee General Hospital offers stroke telemedicine that will provide access to a stroke neurologist at all times of the day and night. This program has been established with grant funds from the Department of Health and Hospitals’ Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (DHH/HDSP) in a partnership with Ochsner Medical Center-New Orleans and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The grant allows the Pointe Coupee General Hospital’s Emergency Room physicians and staff 24 hour access to a stroke neurologist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Ochsner will serve as the center of a network of ten stroke hospitals which includes Pointe Coupee General Hospital.

The access to the DHH/Ochsner Telestroke Network program is made possible using the Remote Evaluation of Acute isCHemic stroke or REACH Call. This technology is used to provide streamlined communication, synced in real-time, with all changes in a stroke patient’s condition recorded and stamped. All entries made by the medical staff at either end will be visible by both hospitals immediately. Pointe Coupee General Hospital is a hospital in the Acute Stroke System for Emergency Regional Telestroke initiative which will allow improving quick diagnosis and treatment of a stroke by linking Pointe Coupee General’s staff to a stroke neurologist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans via telemedicine equipment. This will be just like having a stroke neurologist at the patient’s bedside.

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The emergency room staff at Pointe Coupee General Hospital will have readily available remote access to consult with Ochsner stroke neurologists who will assist in determining which treatment options are best for each stroke patient. Pointe Coupee General Hospital’s Emergency Room was been equipped with the latest technology to provide remote live access at the bedside. This program will be beneficial to PCGH’s patients when minutes and seconds count!

Pointe Coupee General Hospital is committed to providing the most advanced and up-to-date care possible for the residents of this community and surrounding areas. Hospitals in this network follow the American Heart Association’s "Get with the Guidelines” optimal stroke care program and participate in community education about strokes. Please contact Pointe Coupee General Hospital for more information by calling (225) 638-6331.

If you think someone is having a stroke act F.A.S.T. and look for these signs and symptoms:

Face: Sudden numbness or weakness in the face or one side of the body.

Arm: Sudden numbness or weakness in arm or on one side of the body.

Speech: Difficulty speaking or seeing.

Time: Call 911 if these symptoms occur suddenly or are accompanied by loss of vision or unbalance with dizziness or severe headache. Time is of essence in preventing brain damage.