Olathe Health System makes sure its stroke patients receive high-quality care, as soon as possible.
Certified Primary Stroke Center
Olathe Medical Center has attained advanced certification by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. This certification recognizes Olathe Medical Center for its quality stroke care and having the critical elements needed to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
The stroke program at Olathe Medical Center delivers stroke care in accordance with standardized, evidence-based recommendations and guidelines established by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The leaders of the program have been actively involved in the program design, implementation and evaluation to ensure that all patients and their families receive the highest quality of care.
Emergent Stroke Ready Designation
Miami County Medical Center earned the Emergent Stroke Ready designation from the American Heart Association. This means the hospital is staffed and equipped to diagnose, treat and, if appropriate, transfer patients experiencing stroke-like symptoms.
Acting Quickly is Important for Stroke Patients
For stroke patients, acting quickly is very important. The minute a stroke patient enters our hospital, we have a specialized stroke team that is called together to assess the patient and determine what interventions are needed. This team includes a neurologist, critical care nurse, emergency room nurse, and emergency room physician.
Timing is important for stroke patients because there is a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke, if the drug is given within three hours of the start of symptoms. So, by bringing the stroke team together quickly, they can immediately start the process of determining if the tPA drug is appropriate for the patient.
Olathe Medical Center’s stroke program ensures:
- Patients in the community have access to quality and timely stroke care.
- Providers for stroke care have access to the most current education, technology, treatment options and resources.
- The community has access to educational opportunities related to healthy behaviors and lifestyle.
- Active participation in ongoing quality improvement of hospital-wide processes to improve outcomes for stroke patients.