Emergency Services for Stroke Care
In just a few seconds, a stroke can change a life forever. Strokes are the third leading cause of death and are the leading cause of adult long-term disability in the United States. According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds. About 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year and another 100,000 have recurrent strokes.
Kosciusko Community Hospital, which is recognized nationally for its care of stroke patients, is a primary stroke center. According to The Joint Commission, which bestows this designation, primary stroke certification is the Gold Seal of Approval™ for quality and safety. The center is recertified every three years.
To earn the Primary Stroke Certification, the hospital underwent a voluntary, extensive evaluation to demonstrate the program meets national standards. These guidelines address stroke patients' needs from the minute they arrive in the emergency department until their discharge and include:
- 24/7 neurologist and neurosurgeon coverage
- 24/7 access to radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services
- A stroke-alert process to quickly diagnose and treat stroke patients arriving within six hours of stroke-symptom onset
- Order sets that encompass best practice recommendations
- Specially certified and trained nurses
- Continual analysis and tracking of quality and outcomes
- Rehabilitation, if needed
The multidisciplinary stroke team, which is ready 24/7 to treat stroke patients, includes emergency medicine physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, nurses, therapists, social workers, pharmacists and dietitians.