Southside Hospital recently began using a system that allows pre-hospital medical care providers to communicate a heart attack patient’s condition quickly to physicians, speeding up the process of beginning critical, lifesaving care.
The web-based LIFENET System made by Physio-Control allows pre-hospital medical care providers to give the hospital staff important information about a patient having a ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), or an ongoing heart attack. The system lets the healthcare workers in the field securely transmit information about the patient’s initial electrocardiography (ECG) so the team can start preparing how they will treat the patient upon arrival at Southside.
Treatment for STEMI patients includes using a balloon or stents to open blocked arteries in a cardiac catheterization lab.
According to the American Heart Association, about 400,000 people each year in the United States experience a STEMI. If the balloon or stent is inserted within 90 minutes from the start of the heart attack, a patient’s outcome can be significantly better, the American College of Cardiology noted.