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IN THE COMMUNITY

SAVING
LIVES
Specialized teams
for trauma, cardiac
emergency and
stroke stand ready
to treat patients
By John Berggren

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722 trauma patients, 1,350 chest pain patients and 304 stroke
patients. About 70 percent of trauma patients had an injury
from falling. About 7 percent of chest pain patients required
emergency intervention, including catheterization, to restore
blood flow to the heart to alleviate damage. Two-thirds of the
hospital's stroke patients had an ischemic attack.
Smaller hospitals around the region refer trauma, chest
pain and stroke patients to Salina Regional.
"There's no question these programs are making a difference and saving people's
lives," says Scott Boswell,
M.D., a Salina neurosurgeon serving as the
current chief of medical staff. "Our goal is to
provide comprehensive,
patient-centered care
and be a regional referral
center for north central
Kansas and beyond."

raumatic injury, cardiac emergency and stroke are some of
Prevention
life's most critical diagnoses,
and Education
and they share a common
Salina Regional also
theme: Early access to highly specialdedicates resources
ized care and support services is key
to prevent trauma,
to positive results for patients. Getting
chest pain and stroke
the care needed in a timely fashion can
in the community and
even mean the difference between life
to lessen the effects of
and death. And having this care close
these events when they
to home keeps families intact through
occur. Efforts through
trying times.
the Trauma Program are
All of these factors were in mind
aimed at preventing falls,
when Salina Regional Health Center
especially among seniors
developed specialized programs for
who are at risk for hip
Trauma, chest pain and stroke team members.
trauma, cardiac and stroke care. The
fracture, which can be
hospital is verified as a Level III Trauma Center, a Chest
a devastating injury. The program also has presented "Stop
Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and
the Bleed" training to area law enforcement agencies and
a Primary Stroke Center. Specialized teams for each diagfirst responders, school districts and community groups to
nosis stand ready around the clock to respond to patients
educate on the proper way to stop life-threatening bleeding
when called upon.
from the arms and legs, which is the most common and preEmergency physicians, trauma surgeons, cardiologists,
ventable cause of uncontrolled bleeding-related death.
cardiothoracic surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons,
The Chest Pain Center offers resources to educate about
orthopedic surgeons, critical care physicians and many
the early warning signs of a heart attack and how to perform
other specialists on staff, along with highly trained nurses
hands-only CPR, which has been shown to be just as effective
and staff members from pharmacy, radiology, lab, respiraas traditional CPR in settings outside a hospital.
tory care, chaplaincy and more, fulfill vital roles in deliverThe Primary Stroke Center provides education on the
ing needed care.
warning signs of a stroke and the importance of getting
immediate help so that lifesaving interventions can be used.
All three programs also offer continuing education sympoPerformance Counts
siums to healthcare providers and staff members throughout
All patients with a trauma, chest pain or stroke diagnosis are
entered into registries that extract data from patient charts to the region. These bring national speakers to Salina to offer
the most up-to-date information about each diagnosis and
measure response and ensure that quality care and national
best practices to improve outcomes for patients. 1
standards are maintained. In 2018, Salina Regional registered

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