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Miami Valley Hospital testing new app that could change the game for stroke treatment

Miami Valley Hospital testing new app that could change the game for stroke treatment (WKEF/WRGT)

KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE: In a medical emergency seconds count and when it comes to a stroke. Time is tissue; brain tissue, that is.

Every year, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke, which is the leading cause of serious long-term disability.

That’s why Miami Valley Hospital is testing out a new app, called Pulsara.

The process of getting a stroke patient evaluated is very complex and requires testing in different parts of the hospital. In the past, EMS and doctors used pagers and phones to communicate.

“So if you have a message you need to get out to 10 people you have to make 10 phone calls”, Dr John Terry said.

With Pulsara's cloud based application, Dr. Terry said everyone will be on the same page almost instantly as new information becomes available.

That's the great feature of this it helps to integrate all that communication into one program,” he said.

The app also has a synchronized clock

“That's important because we are trying to get things done as quickly as possible,” Dr. Terry said.

Pulsara claims the app improves the time it takes to get a stroke patient treatment by 46 percent, ultimately meaning less risk of brain damage.

Right now, Miami Valley Hospital is partnering with Jefferson Township, Dayton and Riverside Fire Departments to test out the app.

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