pontiac, mich.-when a patient arrives at an emergency room with symptoms of a stroke, doctors must act fast. but the crucial decisions that can prevent death or severe disability are harder to make without a neurologist, and not every hospital has one on call.
starting next month, however, 21 michigan hospitals will have what is being touted as the next best thing: a robot on call.
spearheaded by st. joseph mercy oakland hospital
, the project is one of several around the country in which stroke specialists from one hospital are using technology to share their expertise with smaller facilities. experts say it's a trend that could greatly improve patients' chances of recovery.