March 23, 2015

Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis Stroke Center Designations Announced

Missouri has designated 43 Stroke Centers, the newest component of the Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System, throughout the state. The Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System is a statewide system that brings together the 911 response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a coordinated way to provide patients the right care, at the right place, in the right amount of time.  With the designated Stroke Centers in place, individuals suffering a stroke will receive quicker response times and improved survival and recovery rates. The Stroke Center designation is voluntary.

A list of the designated Stroke Centers can be found  here:  http://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/chronic/tcdsystem/designatedhospitals.php

Additional information about the specific leves of of Stroke Centers in Missouri:

  • Level I Centers function as a resource center within a region. For example, maintaining specialized resources for the most complex patients.

  • Level II Centers generally provide definitive care to high volumes of trauma and stroke patients within a region.

  • Level III centers play an important role in providing access into the system and important patient care in non-metropolitan areas and generally refer to a higher level center for definitive care.

  • Level IV centers, a key entry point into the system, provide access into the system in rural areas and stabilize and prepare patients for rapid transfer to a higher level of care.

Designations are made only after a thorough review by a team that consists of a Stroke Coordinator or Stroke Program Manager, one Emergency Medicine physician, one or two Neurologist(s)/Neuro-Interventionalist(s) all with experience in stroke, and one representative from the Department of Health and Senior Services. The designation is valid for four years.

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