Photo: Kelly Settle
Photo: Kelly Settle

Miami Valley Hospital to pilot stroke app

DAYTON — Miami Valley Hospital will pilot a new smart device app designed to increase coordinated care for stroke victims and reduce the time it takes to reverse potential brain damage.

The hospital is the first in Southwest Ohio to pilot the device, according to a Miami Valley Hospital news release.  

Miami Valley Hospital has partnered with Dayton Fire Department, Riverside Fire Department and Jefferson Township Fire Department to pilot the app. Each jurisdiction’s squads were trained in April and are excited about the potential for patient care. 

“This app will speed up medics’ ability to gather patient information, and allow them to take pictures and relay information using voice-to-text,” said Lt. Jack Mix with the Dayton Fire Department. 

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The app’s pilot will determine if Premier Health extends its use with other EMS squads and throughout its system. 

Pulsara, a cloud-based communication application, will place all members of the hospital’s stroke team on alert and keep them up-to-date with the case with one tap of the app by EMS crews. The instant coordination of care could buy more time for a stroke victim whose ability to be treated by clot-busting medication is limited to just hours after symptoms begin, and whose outcome is improved by more rapid treatment. 

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“The most exciting thing is that everyone will be on the same page almost instantly as new information becomes available,” said Dr. John Terry, director of inpatient stroke care at Miami Valley Hospital. “The efficiency of stroke care can be affected by the time it takes to bring every member of the team up-to-date, and our ability to determine what type of care the patient can receive.” 

Now, EMS crews call in stroke cases to one contact who calls different members on the team. Each touch point takes time and involves verbally relaying information about the patient’s case. 

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Pulsara will enable the team to simultaneously consult and communicate vital information, according to the news release which notes research has shown the use of Pulsara results in a 46 percent improvement in door-to-needle time — the time it takes between a patient’s arrival at the emergency department and the team’s ability to administer treatment.  

“There are multiple physician and ancillary services involved in determining if the clot-dissolving drug is right for that particular patient and it has to be done rapidly in order to come to a conclusion in the time frame in which the drug will still be effective,” said Dr. Randy Marriott, the Premier Health EMS Center of Excellence medical director. 

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