Johnson County Ambulance District

est. 2002 Johnson County, Missouri

Missouri's Time Critical Diagnosis System

Getting help and getting it fast is key to surviving a major medical emergency, such as a trauma with serious injury, a stroke or a heart attack.

Missouri has a new statewide emergency medical care response system to provide a quicker response and higher quality care when a time critical emergency happens.

The Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System brings together the 911 response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a new, more integrated and coordinated approach to help a greater number of people survive and recover from trauma, stroke and heart attack.

The new system continues to designate hospitals as trauma centers and also designates hospitals as stroke and heart attack centers that have specially trained staff available 24 hours a day to treat these medical emergencies.

The goal of the TCD system is to provide the right care, at the right place, at the right time.

The Johnson County Ambulance District is a part of the TCD system. If you are experiencing a severe injury, stroke, or heart attach, the Johnson County Ambulance District will provide emergency medical care and transport you to a specialized hospital designated at a Trauma Center, Stroke Center, or STEMI Center.

Minutes make a difference

Severe injury requires timely specialized care for the best outcomes for survival and recovery. Likewise, stroke and STEMI (heart attack) victims who receive treatment within specific time frames from the time their symptoms begin are more likely to recover and less likely to have permanent disabilities. 

When an emergency happens, minutes matter. If there is a severe injury or symptoms of a stroke or heart attach - Call 911.

TCD Brochure

TCD Fact Sheet 

 

TCD Video 

Trauma Injury

Unintentional injury or trauma is the fifth leading cause of death in Missouri. It is the most frequent cause of visits to the emergency department, causing more than half a million visits in 2010.

What is Trauma

Trauma is injury to your body or an organ. Examples of common types of situations leading to serious injuries that require trauma care include:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle crashes (car accident)
  • ATV crashes
  • Pedestrian/Cyclist
  • Fires/Burns
  • Poisoning
  • Firearms
  • Drowning/Near Drowning

Prompt treatment for serious injury reduces disability and improves outcomes. Designated trauma centers in Missouri meet standards to provide definitive and timely treatment for trauma patients. Minutes matter. Call 911.

If you have suffered a serious injury, the Johnson County Ambulance will provide emergency medical care and transport you to a Trauma Center. 

Heart Attack Symptoms & Facts

Heart disease, including STEMI (a specific type of heart attack), is the leading cause of death in Missouri. Specific therapies, administered to STEMI patients within a short time of symptom onset, have proven to reduce mortality and disability.

What is STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction)

A STEMI is a type of heart attack, for which impaired blood flow to the patient’s heart muscle is shown by the ST-segment elevation, in ECG analysis. A STEMI is one type of heart attack that is a potentially lethal condition for which specific therapies, administered rapidly, reduce mortality and disability. The more time that passes before blood flow is restored, the more damage that is done to the heart muscle.

Symptoms (Source: American Heart Association)

  • Chest discomfort (pressure, squeezing or pain)
  • Upper body discomfort (arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat, nausea or light headedness

Newly designated STEMI centers in Missouri meet standards to provide definitive and timely treatment for STEMI patients. Minutes matter. Call 911.

If you are experiencing symptoms STEMI/ heart attack, the Johnson County Ambulance will provide emergency medical care and transport you to a STEMI Center. 

Stroke Symptoms & Facts

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Missouri. Prompt treatment for acute ischemic stroke reduces disability and improves outcomes.

What is Stroke

Stroke is a sudden brain dysfunction due to a disturbance in brain circulation. The resulting impairments include but are not limited to paralysis, slurred speech and/or vision loss. The more time that passes before blood flow is restored, the more damage that is done to the brain.

There are two major kinds of stroke. Ischemic strokes account for over 80 percent to 87 percent of all strokes and are typically caused by a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel to the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes account for the remaining strokes and are typically caused by a blood vessel in the brain that breaks or ruptures spilling blood into the brain.

Symptoms (Source: American Heart Association)

  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Vision trouble in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance

Newly designated stroke centers in Missouri meet standards to provide definitive and timely treatment for stroke patients. Minutes matter. Call 911.

If you are experiencing a symptoms of a Stroke, the Johnson County Ambulance will provide emergency medical care and transport you to a Stroke Center.