For a patient who has had a stroke, every minute counts. Magee has partnered with the UPMC Stroke Institute to implement a stroke telemedicine system to help assess potential stroke patients and deliver timely treatment. This system uses state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology to link experts at the UPMC Stroke Institute to Magee’s ED physicians.
The unit features a computer monitor and remote-controlled camera, and allows for two-way audio/video communication with stroke experts. The experts are able to "see" and assess the patient; ask questions of the patient, family members, and doctors; and view CT scans – all in real-time – to help assess the patient’s condition and help ED physicians determine if the patient is a candidate for acute stroke therapy.
The goal of acute stroke therapies is to stop a stroke while it is happening, by quickly dissolving the blood clot causing the stroke, or by stopping the bleeding of a hemorrhagic stroke.
Pennsylvania’s Safe Haven law was passed in response to the tragedy of infant abandonment. The Safe Haven law is a safety net for both the mother and the newborn infant. Instead of abandoning a newborn to an almost sure death, it allows a parent of an unharmed newborn, approximately 28 days old or less, to leave it at a Safe Haven facility, which can be any inpatient hospital in Pennsylvania.
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and mothers can leave their infants in our ED with no questions asked, totally anonymous, free from fear of prosecution as long as the baby has not been harmed or abused. To find out more about Pennsylvania’s Safe Haven law, visit www.secretsafe.org.