“Mayo General, Portiuncula, Mullingar, Kerry General, Wexford and St. Luke’s Kilkenny have taken delivery of a new telemedicine stroke machines which will for the first time ever ensure that these hospitals have one of the best possible emergency stroke services in the world,” stated Denis Naughten.
“The new Teledoc (TRASNA) stroke machines were until recently in storage in Cork waiting to be rolled out to hospitals throughout the country”
“Over the last two years the Roscommon TD, Denis Naughten has been lobbying and publicly pressing both An Taoiseach and the HSE for the installation of these machines in hospitals without a full emergency stroke service and these machines will now link the local hospitals with the top stroke experts in the country.
“The importance of these machines to the hospitals concerned cannot be underestimated, because for every minute that treatment is delayed, a victim loses two million brain cells. This results in patients losing significant brain function while they travel in the ambulance to a major hospital and then spending longer in hospital. They are also more likely to require long term nursing home care.”
Deputy Naughten pointed out that stroke is the third biggest cause of death and disability in the world today with survival rates and recovery rates dependent on how quickly the patient receives the appropriate treatment.
“When I raised this issue with An Taoiseach in the Dáil in 2013 he said that ‘it is in the interests of patients that, once acquired, such machines should be used’,” outlined Denis Naughten.
“The new telemedicine stroke machines have now been installed and staff have already received training. Over the coming weeks the machines will become fully operational not just for the treatment of strokes but also to fast track treatment for patients in intensive care as well as for burns, orthopaedics, rheumatology, dermatology and neurology patients,” concluded Denis Naughten.
Editors Note: HSE reply can be viewed here
(See attached file: PQ 34736-15 location and operation of teledocs.pdf)