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Grady First Georgia Hospital to Use BrainScope

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Grady First Georgia Hospital to Use BrainScope

Patients can now be assessed faster for possible brain bleeds

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ATLANTA, July 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Grady Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in Georgia to introduce BrainScope One—a new technology that can quickly and safely assess patients with mild head injuries for possible brain bleeds.

Acclaimed for its emergency care services, the Grady Emergency Department now uses the hand-held device — right at the patient's bedside. The EEG-based (electroencephalogram) technology allows physicians to determine the likelihood of a brain bleed and if a patient needs further evaluation and treatment.

"We're using cutting-edge technology to make things faster and safer for our patients," said Dr. Hany Atallah, Grady's Chief of Emergency Medicine. "It answers the most pressing question when treating a potential traumatic brain injury: 'Does the patient have blood in his head or not?' And, if the answer is no, then he can be discharged, and we can treat the next patient who's waiting for care," Atallah said.

"BrainScope One is an efficient and cost effective way to assess most mild head injuries. The wait time before and after a CT scan is significantly longer when compared to the BrainScope One EEG test, which produces results that do not require a radiologist to interpret," Atallah said. "The device will significantly reduce unnecessary head CT scans on patients who may not really need them."

About Grady Health System

Grady Health System is one of the largest safety net health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children's affiliate.

With its nationally acclaimed emergency medical services, Grady has Atlanta's premier Level I trauma center - Metro Atlanta's only nationally verified Level 1 center - and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. Grady's American Burn Association/American College of Surgeons verified Burn Center is one of only two in the state. And the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is a Joint Commission designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Other key services/distinctions include Grady's Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia's first Cancer Center for Excellence, The Avon Comprehensive Breast Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Ponce de Leon Center - one of the top HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country. Grady is one of an elite group of hospitals to earn the Baby-Friendly USA international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. In 2017, Grady earned the prestigious Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, becoming Georgia's first adult acute care hospital to earn the highest rating for improving patient care and safety through health information technology.

 

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