Dr. Ben Bobrow, our EMS Medical Director is at it again, with yet another publication that positively measured the value and effectiveness of another public health intervention. Ben and his team published this month in Stroke and demonstrated that telemedicine is incredibly valuable for saving lives in rural and remote communities, by giving rural and frontier health care providers critical access to specialists that can help the rural providers save lives- and quality of life.
The bottom line is that the rural provider needs good advice about whether to administer thrombolysis medication. If given quickly and when appropriate, this kind of medicine can dramatically improve outcomes- but it requires very quick judgment and administration… including deciding who needs it and who doesn’t. making a bad call can be a real problem, and making a good call can save a life. Good work Ben.