Telestroke

Immediate stroke care

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and nearly 30 percent of stroke victims are under 65. The good news — patients who are treated within three hours of the start of symptoms are more likely to recover with little to no disability.

If you think someone you love has had a stroke, Watertown Regional Medical Center offers instant access to stroke specialists from UW Hospitals and Clinics. Our Telestroke program is the first of its kind in Wisconsin and brings unparalleled expertise and a full range of stroke services to you — including prevention, acute care treatment, advanced neuro-imaging, specialized rehabilitation and clinical trials.

What is Telestroke?

Telestroke is an exceptional technology that allows UW Health stroke neurologists in Madison, to seamlessly consult with Watertown Regional Medical Center emergency physicians in diagnosing and treating suspected stroke patients. Video, audio and shared information technology put UW Health stroke neurologists right into the room with you and your loved one.

How does Telestroke diagnosis work?

Using secure and private two-way visual and audio technology, the UW Health stroke neurologist can directly interview you and your loved one, perform an advanced neurological examination, and review your Computed Tomography (CT) scan. Based on this real-time data and evaluation, the stroke specialist can work with our emergency department doctors and nurses to quickly initiate the most effective course of treatment.

The UW Health Comprehensive Stroke Program is certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

To learn more about our exceptional Telestroke service or to schedule an appointment with one of our neurology specialists, please call the Neurology Center at 920-262-4829.