On The Scene

Volume 6, Issue 2

Stroke center a proven leader in the region

Minutes matter when it comes to stroke. Every minute a stroke patient goes without treatment, they lose 1.9 million brain cells. If a patient shows signs of stroke, transporting them to a comprehensive stroke center may save them from long-term disability or death.

As the longest-certified Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in the region, The University of Kansas Hospital provides more than basic stroke care.

Level 1 Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center

The University of Kansas Hospital is the only Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in Kansas and one of only two in the region. The hospital is also the Kansas City region’s only nationally ACS verified Level 1 Trauma Center.

As a comprehensive stroke center, the hospital offers the most advanced treatment and technology for complex stroke cases:

Leading regional treatment averages:

  • We are higher than the regional average in delivering thrombolytic treatment within 45 minutes.
  • Our rate of symptomatic hemorrhage after thrombolytic treatment is 1% since 2012, compared to 5% for the regional average.
  • 24/7 availability – Advanced imaging techniques, operating rooms, neuro ICU facilities and endovascular procedures available 24/7.
  • Acute Stroke Response Team – Stroke neurologists and neuro-interventionalists provide stroke care 24/7. The team sees stroke patients who arrive in the emergency room within 3-5 minutes.
  • Dedicated neuro-intensive care unit – Staffed by board-certified neurointensivists, the care unit treats complex stroke patients 24/7.
  • Advanced treatment options – Expertise treating large ischemic strokes, intracerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage. The hospital offers interventional stroke care, emergent intracranial angioplasty and/or stenting, and endovascular coiling or Pipeline™ stenting.
  • Revolutionary research – Our stroke program is the only one in Kansas City on the leading edge of research, examining new treatments for aneurysms, pediatric strokes and other conditions.

2015 Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Honor Roll Elite Distinction

Since 2008, the hospital has met the stringent standards for quality and performance required to earn the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award.

With the first and longest-standing stroke program in the region to receive this award, the hospital is dedicated to preventing brain damage by reducing treatment time. The time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and the start of clot-busting treatment is almost 20% faster than the Bi-State Regional average for 2015 year-to-date.

The region's destination center for complex stroke care

As an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, The University of Kansas Hospital diagnoses and treats patients with the most complex stroke cases from across the region.

Our state-of-the-art equipment, infrastructure, staff and training allow the hospital to be prepared to assist all stroke patients at all times.

The hospital received transfers from 90 distinct hospitals in 2014.


Meet Jefferson County EMS

Jefferson County EMS was established in 1973 to provide paramedic services to residents and visitors of the county.

The department serves more than 19,000 residents within a 536-square-mile rural area in Kansas, including visitors to Lake Perry. Jefferson County EMS operates from a station in Oskaloosa with three ambulances and another in Meriden with two ambulances. Both stations are staffed 24/7 by a total of 14 full-time and 16 part-time EMS personnel. The department responds to approximately 1,350 calls annually.

Since 1996, the department has maintained numerous advanced protocols, including rapid-sequence induction, adult I/O, CPAP, 12-lead EKG monitoring, needle thoracostomy and surgical airway procedures in addition to ET intubation and capnography. Jefferson County was also the first ground ambulance in the state to implement RSI standing orders.

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Participate in interactive presentations, hands-on simulation and training exercises at the 2015 EMS Symposium. Registration is free. Continuing education credits are available to EMS professionals who attend.

2015 EMS Symposium

  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
  • 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • The University of Kansas Medical Center
    • Orr-Major Building
    • 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160