Northside donates defibrillators to Pickens County EMS

In the case of a heart attack, every minute is critical for patients.

Northside Hospital Cherokee recently helped Pickens County Fire and Emergency Services purchase three new state-of-the-art defibrillators that allow the EMS provider to transmit vital patient information from the ambulance directly to the hospital’s Emergency Department in route to the hospital.

Successful and rapid transmission of electrocardiograms (EKGs) from EMS providers/vehicles is critical in providing life-saving treatment to and improving outcomes for STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) patients,” said Patricia Tyson, director of heart and vascular physician services, Northside Hospital. “The new equipment will produce a rapid transmission of the EKG and provide quick diagnosis of the heart attack while EMS is at the patient’s location or in the ambulance itself.”

The ZOLL X Series® Monitor/Defibrillator communicates with the hospital over an integrated Wi-Fi connection. The technology allows EMS providers to securely transmit 12-lead data to the hospital and anyone involved in the continuum of care - wherever and whenever - as long as there is Internet access. It facilitates quick STEMI verification by a physician (at the hospital), so patients can be taken directly to the Cath lab as soon as the ambulance arrives at the entrance to the emergency department.

I, along with Pickens County Fire/Rescue would like to thank Northside Cherokee Hospital for their generous donation of three Zoll heart monitors,” said Sloan Elrod, fire chief, Pickens County Fire and Rescue Services. “The new devices have the capability of effectively communicating lifesaving information to the hospital before the patient arrives to the ER, thus saving valuable time in patient care.”

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