The Stroke Summit
In 2011, a group of healthcare professionals met to discuss the results of the KS Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Cardiovascular Burden document which showed low public awareness, low IV alteplase utilization, and high mortality rates among KS stroke patients. The group developed a grant-funded statewide plan to improve access to acute stroke treatment to decrease disability and mortality from stroke. Since that time, more than 75 Kansas facilities in all 6 EMS regions have joined the fight to meet this goal.
The Initial Plan
The three initial steps to the KISS plan include:
- Creation of a comprehensive “stroke capability” map for the state of Kansas including: Air Ambulance (fixed wing and rotor); local & regional EMS; Comprehensive Stroke Centers; Primary Stroke Centers, Emergent Stroke Ready facilities & Not Stroke Ready facilities.
- a. Air Ambulance and Regional EMS services can easily be identified.
b. Primary Stroke Centers are those centers who are certified by The Joint Commission, HFAP or DMV.
c. Emergent Stroke Ready Hospitals & Not Stroke Ready Hospitals
- Establishment of Regional Stroke Treatment & Transport Protocols that support the available medical resources.
- Implementation of educational programs promoting Stroke Warning Signs and use of 911.