When someone is having a stroke, every second counts. But when you live in a smaller town that may not have a primary stroke center or a neurologist available 24/7, it can be difficult to get care quickly.That’s when telestroke comes into play at Union Medical Center.  When EMS brings a potential stroke victim into the emergency room at Union Medical Center, a team of nurses evaluates and recommends telestroke services.With telestroke, a neurologist sees a stroke patient via a video camera, using a secure network, connected with the specialist — this is similar to video chat software on your computer. The nurse in the room assists and is the “hands” of the neurologist on the other end of the screen.A “clot-busting drug” known as tPA is then administered, if deemed necessary. Patients have less than two hours after the onset of stroke symptoms to be evaluated and receive the tPA medication. This could mean the difference between living a normal life following stroke and paralysis or even death.It has made a difference in Union. Read more.