For Rural Stroke Patients, A Long Road to Care

In Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta—regions in dire need of stroke care—patients have a long way to go for specialist care as rural hospitals continue to shutter.
 
Millions in the region live more than 45 minutes from stroke-certified facilities, according to a yearlong analysis of health care in the region. 
 
Scant options leave medics to make delicate calculations between timely care and the most advanced care, based on the severity of their condition, which can be difficult to determine.
 
One Asset: Telestroke programs connect smaller facilities with specialists elsewhere, helping share the burden—and the liability—of decision making.
 
Kaiser Health News

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