The Stroke Summit
In 2011, a group of healthcare professionals met in Salina, KS at the first “Stroke Summit”. This group determined that there was an opportunity to improve stroke recognition and treatment. KDHE had produced the Kansas Burden Document that year, demonstrating a high mortality rate, low public awareness and low alteplase utilization. A consensus was reached, within the group, to organize the state to improve all three of these issues for the citizens of Kansas. The KISS task force’s primary goal is to improve stroke survival. Since that time more than 60 Kansas hospitals, 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.