Emergency Services for Stroke Care

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Primary Stroke Center

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.