St. James Parish Hospital is a partner of the Ochsner CareConnect 360
Telemedicine Program which is an innovative solution that allows us to offer specialized care for patients locally. Through videoconferencing, remote monitoring, electronic consults and wireless communications, Telemedicine expands patient access while improving patient outcomes.
Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a Heart Attack (790,000 per year). A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, occurs when a part of the heart muscle doesn’t receive enough blood flow. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart muscle.
Heart Attack Symptoms
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back
- Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
- Shortness of breath
If you or someone you know is having the above symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Emergency Cardiology Care at St. James Parish Hospital
St. James Parish Hospital partners with Ochsner Health System - a leader in cardiac care - for Telecardiology services. This partnership allows staff and ER Physicians at St. James Parish Hospital to have 24/7 remote access to consult a cardiologist during heart-related emergencies.
If a patient presents to the ER with a possible heart attack, Telemedicine technology is utilized to conduct a computer-assisted cardiac screening during a remote consult with a cardiologist at Ochsner. The cardiologist can talk to the patient and family members, see real-time vitals and utilize this information to determine a plan of care for the patient.
A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain. Most strokes are caused by an abrupt blockage of arteries leading to the brain (ischemic stroke). Other strokes are caused by bleeding into brain tissue when a blood vessel bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). According to the CDC, every year about 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke and 140,000 people die from one.
Treating a stroke quickly can reduce damage to the brain. If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and perform the following simple test:
F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 911 right away.
In the event of a possible stroke, call 911 and choose the closest ER. The brain is affected as soon as the first symptoms appear. When it comes to a stroke, "time is brain."
Emergency Stroke Care at St. James Parish Hospital
Through our Telestroke program, ER physicians at St. James Parish Hospital have the ability to consult immediately with an off-site Ochsner vascular neurologist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to determine the best treatment options for stroke patients. Ochsner Medical Center was the first hospital in Louisiana to use Telemedicine to treat a stroke. This program is part of one of the fastest growing networks in the country.
Utilizing secure wireless data and video communication, Ochsner’s stroke team partners with clinicians at St. James Parish Hospital to evaluate, diagnose and direct care for stroke patients, as well as to ensure that timely thrombolytic therapy - to dissolve blood-clots - is administered (when appropriate). Ischemic stroke, the most common, is usually caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die.
The drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) is the only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic strokes. tPA is a medication given through an IV that works by dissolving blood clots and improving blood flow to the brain. The American Heart Association considers the use of tPA, when applicable, a Class I recommendation due to its effectiveness. This treatment is offered at St. James Parish Hospital and has been extremely effective in saving lives in our community
The Telestroke Program, an innovative approach to stroke care, has helped us:
- Reduce the time needed to determine if a patient suffered a stroke
- Increase the percentage of patients receiving tPA
- Reduce the death rate associated with stroke
Post Stroke Care
Depending on the severity of a stroke, many patients may need additional, longer-term care before they are ready to return home or to a nursing home. St. James Parish Hospital is certified to provide quality, close-to-home skilled nursing services
to help patients who may need an extensive Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy following a stroke.
Our program is typically covered by insurance for qualified patients. Patients who choose St. James Parish Hospital for skilled (swing bed) services have easier access to specialists, diagnostics and emergency treatment if needed. Our team also ensures that skilled patients are treated with compassion in an environment that feels more like home.