Primary Stroke Center
Millions of people throughout the United States have suffered from stroke. With stroke being a time-critical diagnosis in which rapid treatment can be the difference between full recovery and permanent disability, it’s important for the public to know where to go in order to get the best stroke care possible. Salina Regional Health Center is one of these locations. Having achieved Primary Stroke Care status in 2017, this certification comes as validation of the hospital’s efforts to enhance stroke care in the region.
What is a Primary Stroke Care Center?
Achieving Primary Stroke Center certification demonstrates Salina Regional Health Center’s commitment to being ready around the clock, day or night, to treat patients suspected of stroke.
A dedicated stroke response team is called to the Emergency Department whenever stroke is suspected. Members of the team include emergency room physicians, nurses, radiology staff, pharmacists and lab personnel who all have received specialized training to provide stroke care. The stroke team can be activated from the field by emergency responders to ensure that the team is ready to receive and treat the patient the moment they arrive at Salina Regional Health Center.
A significant portion of the Primary Stroke Center Certification revolves around staff education and performance improvement. All response efforts are closely tracked, analyzed and reviewed to create a culture of performance improvement.
Public education also is key to improving stroke outcomes. As an initiative to educate the public on stroke recognition and how to respond, the acronym FAST is often used: Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services. Salina Regional has distributed educational cards in the past and plans to continue educating the public on stroke recognition.
Understanding the severity of stroke
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.
Emergency Physician explains Primary Stroke Care at Salina Regional
Stroke is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately. When warning signs appear, call 9-1-1. Emergency physician Dr. Ostmeyer tells us what to look for.