Virtual Stroke Assistance in North Central Arkansas
Currently, many of Arkansas’ rural hospitals without the support
of a neurologist often forgo administration of tissue plasminogen activator
(tPA), as they lack the staff resources to accurately identify and manage
tPA candidates. Further, the window of time needed to effectively administer
tPA is often lost when stroke patients are transported to a better-equipped,
remote hospital. As such, Arkansas’ stroke patients are 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. Arkansas SAVES will implement a stroke management
system specifically targeting these shortcomings by increasing access
to subspecialty expertise through telemedicine technology, thereby engineering
a coordinated assessment and care-based plan for Arkansas’ stroke patients.
STROKE is an Emergency - Every Minute Counts
When the warning signs of a stroke appear, don’t wait. Act fast by
familiarizing yourself telltale signs of a stroke and call 911 immediately!
Face: Facial droop / uneven smile
Arm: Arm numbness / arm weakness
Speech: Slurred speech / difficulty speaking or understanding
Time: Call 911 and get to the Hospital immediately
Have the ambulance take you to BRMC to access our regional AR SAVES program.
For more information on this program, visit