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2017 RAISE Award: Voter’s Choice

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Center for Distance Health, AR SAVES

Before Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support (AR SAVES), Arkansas was ranked No. 1 in the nation for stroke death, but thanks, in large part due to the efforts of this program, that ranking has considerably improved. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) AR SAVES program is a statewide telestroke program that began on Nov. 1, 2008 and has grown to include more than 50 of the 73 hospitals in the state. Vascular neurologists share call duty to provide 24/7 consult coverage, and each of the partnering sites is equipped with telemedicine technology, training for personnel, support for a dedicated telestroke coordinator (nurse facilitator), and ongoing continuing education. Prior to AR SAVES, the state had only three hospitals that would administer tPA to eligible patients, and many hospitals would transfer patients for treatment with tPA only for them to arrive too late to be a candidate. Currently, more than 30% of eligible patients receive tPA, while before, only 1% would arrive in time for any intervention. AR SAVES has saved many lives and improved the quality of life of over 1,500 individuals throughout Arkansas.



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