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DSG: Improving Stroke Treatment in Rural Areas – "Telemedicine Commission …

To coordinate Telestroke networks, the German Stroke Association (DSG) has set up a Stroke Care Commission. All 21 Telestroke networks operate here.

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"Tele-Stroke units provide quality care to patients in hospitals who themselves do not have neurological wards," says Professor Dr. Med. honey. Armin Grau, 1st President of the DSG. "Fast telemedicine decisions can be vital for patients, because the rapid initiation of therapy helps patients survive the disease without permanent limitations – such as speech or paralysis disorders."

Commission spokesman, Priv.-Doz. Dr. honey. Christoph Gumbinger, senior physician at the Department of Neurology and Clinic at the University of Heidelberg Hospital, emphasizes: "The introduction of a new catheter-based stroke therapy has further increased the importance and demands of telemedicine stroke treatment." That's why Telestroke networks are now sharing ideas to meet the challenges. in order to cope optimally. For example, not all organizations have the technical capacity to provide the necessary fast image transfer, which is crucial for quick decision making. The structures in different states are not in compliance, making it difficult to secure the high standards required for the treatment of telemedicine drops.

Another problem is telling the professor. honey. Heinrich Audebert, director of the Neurology Department at Experimental Neurology in Berlin Charité and chairman of the Finance Commission Working Group on Stroke, says: "There is a network of Telestroke networks across Germany. Despite political promises to promote telemedicine, there is still insufficient funding for many networks "One of the possible consequences of this is the loss of quality, since only partial aspects of the Tele-Stroke-Unit concept could then be applied.

Committee members agree that together they can improve the treatment of telemedicine stroke. DSG spokesman Professor Dr. med. Wolf-Rüdiger Schäbitz congratulated the commission on its commencement of work. "This is a positive signal that now all Telestroke networks are working together to take full advantage of telemedicine for stroke treatment in Germany, which also has a role model for telemedicine as a whole. neurological stroke even in rural areas.

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Technical contact for questions:

Prof. honey. Wolf-Rüdiger Schäbitz
Press Officer of the German Stroke Association (DSG)
Bethel Evangelical Hospital
Department of Neurology
House Gilead I | Bethel
Castle door 13
33617 Bielefeld
Phone: 0521/77278301

Contact:

Press Office of the German Stroke Association (DSG)
Priest Stephanie
Tel .: +49 (0) 711 8931-605, Fax: +49 (0) 711 8931-167
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Scientific contact:
Prof. honey. Wolf-Rüdiger Schäbitz
Press Officer of the German Stroke Association (DSG)
Bethel Evangelical Hospital
Department of Neurology
House Gilead I | Bethel
Castle door 13
33617 Bielefeld
Phone: 0521/77278301

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