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Georgia Tele Health fights strokes

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CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Crisp Regional Hospital has some of the latest equipment to treat stroke victims- without having to leave the community.

Crisp Regional's Georgia Tele Health Cart basically allows a specialist in another city to examine, and decide on treatments, for  a stroke patient, through high definition camera hookups.

The patient gets care quickly, without having to wait to be transported to the specialist.

Tommy Miller is in Waycross, showing us in Cordele, how their different camera attachments can give Doctors a thorough Tele check up" of the patient.

"And I'm going inside my right ear. And that's my ear drum.  It's amazing because we've had many doctors. I'm going to capture that.  Many Doctors tell us they can actually see it better using this method than if that patient was right there in the office with them," said Credentialing Specialist Tommy Miller.

"We can treat if caught early enough.  So that's the goal here. And with the advantage of what we have now, I think we'll be able to do it and really benefit our local community as well," said RN Jim Tripp.

Georgia is known as a high risk area for strokes, with more than 800,000 Georgians suffering a stroke each year. With Tele Health at Crisp Regional, that quick, acute care is expected to save lives, and speed recoveries.

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