REACH MUSC Program -Telestroke Program
MUSC’s stroke team provides urgent consultations at select hospitals in South Carolina through a Web-based outreach initiative called REACH MUSC.
"REACH" stands for Remote Evaluation of Acute ischemic Stroke.
This potentially life-saving network connects partnering hospitals with immediate, round-the-clock access to MUSC's stroke care experts, who can remotely provide urgent consultations after virtually examining patients and brain imaging studies.
Many rural, community medical centers have stroke patients arrive in their emergency department, but don't have a neurologist on staff or do not have enough neurologists provide an around-the-clock stroke team capable of rapid stroke evaluation and treatment.
REACH MUSC was created to provide urgent evaluation and treatment at outlying hospitals and if needed transfer patients to MUSC for additional diagnosis and treatment.
The REACH MUSC program is a part of the SmartState SC Centers of Economic Excellence Program. The Stroke Center of Economic Excellence program is focused on reducing the incidence of stroke and augmenting provision of acute stroke care in South Carolina.
With the activation of the REACH Network, more than 76% of the South Carolina population is now with-in a 60 minute drive expert stroke care compared with only 38% prior. The MUSC REACH program had provided expert consultative care to close to 4,000* (2008 - July, 2013) stroke patients in South Carolina.