Northside Hospital-Cherokee Sponsors New Cardiac Monitors for Cherokee EMS

Posted on: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

 

About every 34 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack.  For Cherokee County and surrounding communities, Northside Hospital-Cherokee is committed to increasing the access to high quality care for these patients.  The hospital recently sponsored the purchase of five new 12-lead cardiac monitors for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.

“Local emergency medical services (EMS) are often the first line of defense in diagnosing and treating a heart attack; a strong partnership with local EMS is critical to achieving better patient outcomes,” said Billy Hayes, CEO, Northside Hospital-Cherokee.  “This sponsorship made perfect sense for us.”

The Physio-Control, Inc. LIFEPAK® 12 Defibrillator/Monitors, which are now on board all of the Cherokee EMS ambulances, are designed to improve care for heart attack patients by reducing the overall time to treatment.

“The equipment allows us to transmit 12-lead EKG (electrocardiography) to PCI facilities and activate the emergency catheterization teams well in advance of arriving patients to the emergency department, minimizing the ‘door to balloon’ time for reperfusion,” said Timothy Prather, chief, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.

PCI, or Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, previously known as angioplasty, is a nonsurgical procedure that opens the heart’s arteries using a catheter with a small balloon attached to the tip.  The procedure is a critical interventional procedure for individuals suffering a heart attack due to blockage in the arteries.  Northside Hospital-Cherokee is the only facility in Cherokee County to offer the service.

“The purchase of the monitors through this donation will enhance the cardiac-related services provided to the citizens of Cherokee County,” said Prather.

“The EMS of Cherokee County FIRE & Emergency Services is dedicated to increasing survival and reducing disability from out-of-hospital emergencies in the county by providing the highest quality patient care in the pre-hospital setting,” said Danny West, EMS chief, Cherokee County.  “All of our programs are designed to enhance these efforts and are developed through strong partnerships with other EMS agencies and hospitals.  We sincerely appreciate the support from Northside Hospital-Cherokee.”

Prior to the sponsorship, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services had just nine monitors, which served 1106 cardiac-related responses in 2012.  They now have 14 monitors.  According to the agency, due to current economy and budget constraints, it would have taken several years to purchase and implement new monitors, without the sponsorship.

Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s Emergency Department (ED), in collaboration with the hospital’s state-of-the-art Cath Lab, uses the latest monitoring and imaging equipment to provide stabilization and treatment of all conditions including PCI intervention for patients experiencing heart attacks.  In 2012, the hospital received accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.  The ED is staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses certified in PALS (pediatric advanced life support) and ACLS (adult cardiac life support), who provide the highest level of care. 

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