Stroke Month Awareness: Wyoming Medical Center talks about care in Casper hospital and statewide care

Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 11:23 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Dr. David Wheeler, A Wyoming Medical Center neurologist met with Wyoming News Now and talks about stroke treatment at the Casper hospital and care at the state-wide level.

Tell me about the stroke team here?

“The stroke program here was started in about 2005 when we began working with the American Heart Association get with the guidelines program which is designed to help hospitals like ours improve our approach to stroke care. We have been jointly commissioned certified as a primary stroke center for about 10 years now and this is involved a lot of work on the part of a huge number of people here at the facility. It’s been my privilege to lead this effort but there are literally dozens of people who have participated and continue to work hard in this program on a regular basis throughout the years. We’ve done a really really good job of improving stroke care in this region so we are able to treat patients very very quickly as fast as you can anywhere in any you know cutting edge hospital around the country our numbers are just as good as those places,” Wheeler said.

What have you been doing to care for people in rural parts of the state?

“We’ve been able to start to work on ways to ensure that level of care is available to people throughout the state so over the last couple of years we’ve been working really hard to build a network of telestroke sites. Using telemedicine technology to provide real-time stroke care in emergency rooms around the state. We are currently working with 10 hospitals outside of our own that have developed stroke protocols based on what we’ve done here to recognize to diagnose and treat stroke patients very quickly under the direction of our neurologists here who use the telestroke robot in the emergency departments in these other 10 hospitals to see the patient interact with the doctor and nurses at those facilities. They look at cat scans and make real-time decisions about whether or not to give clot-buster and whether or not to transfer the patient here to Wyoming Medical Center in case they need something like mechanical thrombectomy or other advanced care that may not be available locally,” Wheeler said.

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