AR SAVES (Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support)
AR SAVES, led by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Distance Health, presents an innovative solution to a complex, statewide problem.
AR SAVES is a state-wide stroke management system, which helps to ensure timely treatment of stroke patients by linking emergency room doctors at participating hospitals to specially-trained vascular neurologists via live, two-way video, 24-hours a day.
Many of Arkansas’ rural hospitals lack staff resources to accurately identify and manage patients who may benefit from receiving a clot-busting drug. The window of time needed to effectively administer the clot-busting drug is often lost when stroke patients are transported to a better-equipped facility.
This means that Arkansas’ stroke patients could be missing out on a quality-of-life-saving drug that significantly improves the chances of recovery while reducing permanent, stroke-related disability and, quite possibly, mortality.
AR SAVES specifically targets these shortcomings by increasing access to subspecialty expertise through telemedicine technology, ground-breaking medications and the expertise of vascular neurologists.
Hospitals selected to participate in AR SAVES are equipped with telemedicine technology, training for personnel, support for a dedicated telestroke coordinator and ongoing education.