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Stroke Outcomes

Better outcomes, fewer complications for stroke patients

Our Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center monitors complication rates resulting from stroke treatment. For instance, when a stroke patient needs to have a pressure monitoring system inserted through the skull into the brain, an infection can occur due to a foreign body being introduced into delicate brain tissue. At our stroke center, 0% of stroke patients developed an infection from this complex procedure in FY 2015.

For patients who required treatment of a narrowed carotid artery to prevent stroke, 0% developed a complication of stroke or died from the procedure in FY 2015.

In FY 2016 there were no deaths with patients who required surgery to place a clip on a ruptured artery in the brain due to aneurysm. These patients survived even though they were at a very high risk to die. 

Top-tier for quality stroke care*

The University of Kansas Hospital is the longest certified Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in the region, we were one of the first five comprehensive stroke centers in the nation certified by The Joint Commission. As such, The University of Kansas Hospital ensures patients receive the most advanced treatment and technology for complex stroke cases:

  • Advanced stroke reversal procedures
  • Continually updated quality stroke care guidelines
  • Effective performance improvement
  • Stroke education for hospital doctors and nurses
  • Community education programs
  • Participation in the latest research
  • Advanced treatment of aneurysms
  • Advanced treatment of complex hemorrhagic stroke

In order to be called a Comprehensive Stroke Center, The University of Kansas Hospital must meet the following criteria:

Comprehensive stroke centers in the region

The region's designation center for complex stroke care

The University of Kansas Hospital diagnoses and treats patients with the most complex strokes from across the region. The hospital received referrals from 58 distinct regional hospitals in 2015. 

2015 locations that came to The University of Kansas Hospital for stroke treatment
 

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Committed to quality

Since 2008, The University of Kansas Hospital has met the stringent standards for quality and performance required to earn the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award. The program helps ensure patients with coronary artery disease, heart failure or stroke receive care that adheres to the latest evidence-based standards.

*Designation criteria as defined by the American Heart Association and The Joint Commission. Information current as of November 2015.