When a patient comes into the emergency department at any Forrest Health hospital with the symptoms of an acute ischemic stroke, a computer with an advanced webcam will be brought to the bedside where the clinical team will connect with a neurologist on call at Ochsner. The neurologist, patient and clinical team can see and speak to each other throughout the consult. The physician will examine the patient and review the CAT scan of the patient’s head, providing guidance on advanced treatments within minutes.
Therapy designed to improve mobility in elderly patients is usually built around diagnosing and treating specific impairments, such as reduced strength or poor balance. It is appropriate to compare older adults seeking to improve their mobility to athletes seeking to improve their split times. People in both groups perform best when they measure their progress and work toward specific goals related to strength, aerobic capacity, and other physical qualities. Someone attempting to improve an older adult’s mobility must decide what impairments to focus on, and in many cases, there is little scientific evidence to justify any of the options. Today, many caregivers choose to focus on leg strength and balance. New research suggests that limb velocity and core strength may also be important factors in mobility. Assistive technology and advancements in the field are further giving elders greater freedom and mobility. Several platforms use Artificial Intelligence to now suggest assistive devices to the elder for a better match.
Alzheimer’s In-Home Care is a comprehensive service designed especially for our clients who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As one of the most common causes of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease causes confusion and impaired thought and speech. Unlike dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is specifically diagnosed by physicians after running blood tests, brain scans and additional specialized testing.
Door: The fourth step in the chain of survival is ‘door’, which refers to the arrival of the patient at the emergency room (ED). Ideally, the stroke team should be in place at the receiving facility prior to the patient’s arrival to ensure prompt assessment and diagnosis. According to recommendations from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, an assessment should be completed by an ER physician within ten minutes of arriving in the ED.
Marshall Medical’s Stroke Network team includes the physicians and staff of the ED who are the first line of treatment once a patient enters the ED with stroke symptoms. Alongside them are Stroke Coordinator Ken Atchison, and Quality Data Analyst-RN Allison Trammell who work to promote the evidence-based guidelines and assist the ED to ensure they are familiar with any new updates. This team’s effort in promoting evidence-based guidelines and providing the very best treatment possible to patients coming in to the ED is worthy of recognition.
When first started with ATC, it was great. They really was nice and offered variety of clients and places. They do pay mileage, but as my time working there I noticed that the business part really needed more structure. Like in the office and schedules. Payroll/payday was never accurate, mileage would be missing and schedule would not be available until last minute. ATC needs more structure and better office management along with communication skills.