Tele-Stroke robots coming to Trivandrum, First in the country!

The robotic devices are planned to be acquired from the USA and the negotiations have already started for business collaboration.

The nodal centre of the national telemedicine project called as “Aditya National TeleStroke Neuro Centres” to cure stroke and brain attacks will be launched in Trivandrum. The nodal centre coming at state capital will be the first in the country.

Aditya National TeleStroke Neuro Centre project is a joint venture between Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla, a US trained and American Board certified stroke neurologist, who is currently working as Professor of the Neurology Department of Science and Technology and Mumbai-based Company.

The centre will have 12 stroke neurologists and two scientists on its panel to take round-the-clock calls.

According to international stroke organisations, an affected person needs to be treated within 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms- they qualify for the clot buster injection. Of the 4.5 hours, best results are seen in patients receiving treatment in the first hour, which is the ‘golden hour’.

The biggest challenge faced by stroke neurologists all over the world is the delay in treating the patient in the prescribed window period for thrombolysis – a process to dissolve the clot with the clot buster drug preferably in the golden hour. Dr. Kuruvilla says that the strokes can be treated with the clot buster drug in the ‘golden-hour’ via TeleStroke centres established across the country.

A Telestroke Robot

A Telestroke Robot

The Aditya National TeleStroke Neuro Center in Trivandrum is expected to receive support from Kerala Government for land and construction of a 5000 square feet building in the city. It will have 12 stroke neurologists and two scientists on its panel to take round-the-clock calls. The robotic devices are planned to be acquired from the USA and the negotiations have already started for business collaboration.

In a country like India, which is highly populated, stroke or brain attack needs to be looked at in a more practical way by facilitating clot buster injection at the primary facility or hospital where the patient can be easily taken to.

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