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Medical University of South Carolina Telestroke Program (REACH MUSC)

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) started the REACH (Remote Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Stroke) Telestroke Program in 2008 to address South Carolina’s high stroke rate and cost of patient care.

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 “When we began to establish our telestroke network, South Carolina was facing a cruel reality in stroke care: if a stroke patient was taken to a rural hospital that could not rapidly assess and treat the patient with tPA, that patient was very unlikely to receive the drug due to the length of time required for transfer to a stroke center.” — Dr. Robert Adams, director, REACH MUSC.

Today, MUSC is very close to ensuring that more than 90 percent of the state’s population is within 60 minutes of expert stroke care. With three hubs and 16 active spoke-​partner sites, MUSC offers around-​the-​clock access to its dedicated team of stroke specialists who provide remote consults to patients at regional hospitals. Averaging four-​to-​eight telestroke consults per day, MUSC provides fast evaluation and treatments for patients at regional hospitals that do not have neurologists on staff 24/​7.

Learn more about MUSC’s groundbreaking telestroke program by listening to a recent webinar.

Program Milestones:

  • 90 percent of the population of South Carolina will be within 60 minutes of expert stroke care by the end of 2015
  • MUSC has performed more than 5,300 tele-​consultations to date
  • The program averages 1,000 consults per year
  • MUSC has a tPA administration rate of 36 percent, far higher than the national average
  • Seven of MUSC’s spoke partner sites now have the distinction of being Primary Stroke Centers
  • The network is expanding to include acute and scheduled general neurology consultations and post-​tPA tele-​rounds

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