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September 15, 2016

Arkansas Hospitals and EMS Recognized at State Capitol for Stroke Patient Care

Little Rock, Ark. – Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe joined officials with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) to recognize healthcare teams for their commitment to excellent stroke patient care.

Today, nine medical facilities received designation as Arkansas Stroke Ready Hospitals (ArSRHs) and eight Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies were recognized for participation in a stroke care collaborative pilot program.

Stroke continues to take a significant toll on our state. The most recent data show Arkansas has the fifth highest stroke death rate in the country, with over 45 deaths per 100,000 people every year. Although life-saving treatment is available to reverse the effects of the most common type of stroke, few patients receive medical care in time. If more Arkansas stroke patients arrive at hospitals that are able to provide stroke care within the recommended timeframe, the burden of this disease could be significantly diminished.

Arkansas’s stroke system of care consists of Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Centers and ADH designated ArSRHs. Hospitals designated as ArSRHs are capable of providing time-critical care to the stroke patient, including initial emergency evaluation, real-time stroke assessment and treatment through telemedicine.

Hospitals recognized with the ArSRH designation partner with both EMS and the Arkansas Trauma Communications Center (ATCC) to improve outcomes by helping ensure stroke patients are rapidly transported to the most appropriate hospital. EMS providers screen patients with standardized protocols to effectively recognize stroke and make sure patients receive the right kind of care. EMS participating in the pilot contact the ATCC where dispatchers access a real-time dashboard for routing stroke patients to the most suitable hospital based on capacity and distance from the patient.

After the stroke care pilot program is evaluated at the end of January 2017, the ADH hopes to expand the ArSRH designation to hospitals statewide.

Hospitals recognized with the ArSRH designation include:

Baptist Health Medical Center – Arkadelphia

Baptist Health Medical Center – Heber Springs

Baptist Health Medical Center – Hot Spring County

Baptist Health Medical Center – Stuttgart

Five Rivers Medical Center (Pocahontas, AR)

Mercy Hospital Booneville

Mercy Hospital Ozark

Mercy Hospital Paris

Mercy Hospital Waldron

EMS agencies recognized for participation in the EMS stroke care collaborative program include:

Baptist EMS

Franklin County EMS

LifeNet EMS

Logan County EMS

NorthStar EMS

ProMed Ambulance

Southern Paramedic

SouthWest EMS

Visit www.healthy.arkansas.com for more information on stroke prevention in Arkansas.

To watch the video of Governor Asa Hutchinson – Stroke Ready Hospitals Press Conference – 9/15/16 Click HERE

To view photos click HERE

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Baptist, SPS now deemed stroke-ready in Arkansas

Stroke continues to take a significant toll on Arkansas. The most recent data shows the state has the fifth highest stroke-death rate in the country at 45.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Although life-saving treatment is available to reverse the effects of the most common type of stroke, few patients receive medical care in time. If more Arkansas stroke patients arrive at hospitals that are able to provide stroke care within the recommended timeframe, the burden of this disease could be significantly diminished.

By Arkansas Department of Health

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has designated Baptist Health Medical Center (BHMC) – Stuttgart as an Arkansas Stroke Ready Hospital (ArSRH) as part of a collaborative pilot program with Southern Paramedic Services.

Stroke continues to take a significant toll on Arkansas. The most recent data shows the state has the fifth highest stroke-death rate in the country at 45.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Although life-saving treatment is available to reverse the effects of the most common type of stroke, few patients receive medical care in time. If more Arkansas stroke patients arrive at hospitals that are able to provide stroke care within the recommended timeframe, the burden of this disease could be significantly diminished.

The goal of the ArSRH pilot program is to improve outcomes by helping ensure stroke patients are rapidly transported to the most appropriate hospital. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers will screen patients with standardized protocols to effectively recognize stroke and make sure patients receive the right kind of care. EMS will be able to contact the Arkansas Trauma Communications Center (ATCC) where dispatchers access a real-time dashboard for routing stroke patients to the most suitable hospital based on capacity and distance from the patient.

Arkansas’s stroke system of care consists of joint commission certified primary stroke centers and ADH designated ArSRHs. Hospitals designated as ArSRHs are capable of providing time-critical care to the stroke patient, according to the ADH, including initial emergency evaluation, real-time stroke assessment and treatment through telemedicine.

After the pilot program is evaluated at the end of January 2017, the ADH hopes to expand the ArSRH designation to hospitals statewide.

Visit www.healthy.arkansas.com for more information on stroke prevention in Arkansas.

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Southern receives American Heart Association’s “Mission Lifeline” award

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The American Heart Association developed Mission: Lifeline to transform heart attack patient outcomes by connecting healthcare providers, prehospital providers and community stakeholders in a proactive system of care that saves and improves lives—from symptom onset through cardiac rehabilitation.

Thanks to the program’s success, the American Heart Association is expanding Mission: Lifeline to include all patients who suffer from both types of myocardial infarctions – STEMI and NSTE-ACS (non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome).

All Mission: Lifeline participants share a common commitment to American Heart Association best-practice guidelines and data-based quality measures, and benefit from recognition, regional networking and knowledge transfer.

Congratulations to all the services in each state that received this “Mission Lifeline”award from the American Heart Association. Also want to congratulate all of our employees here at Southern for a job well done as we were one of the 15 ambulance services in Arkansas to receive this honor.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE AWARD WINNERS

 

Southern Paramedic Service is America’s First EMS Agency to Implement New Lifesaving StO2 Monitor

Hutchison InSpectra StO2 Tissue Oxygenation Monitors #1   Hutchison InSpectra StO2 Tissue Oxygenation Monitors #2

Clinton, AR June 29, 2015  Trauma patients who receive care from Southern Paramedic Service’s ambulance crews responding from Clinton, AR are the first EMS patients in America to receive the benefits of the company’s new Hutchison InSpectra StO2 Tissue Oxygenation Monitors.  These devices help save lives by identifying trauma victims who may go into fatal shock by continuously monitoring a victim’s tissue oxygenation during resuscitation and ambulance transport.

Click below to read the full article from JEMS:

http://www.jems.com/articles/2015/06/southern-paramedic-service-is-america-s-first-ems-agency-to-implement-new-lifesaving-sto2-monitor.html

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