Instead of waiting for a heart attack patient to arrive by ambulance, physicians and staff at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake can get to work on a treatment plan several minutes before the patient even arrives at the emergency department doors. Utilizing the LIFENET® System developed by Medtronic, Inc., emergency medical service responders send electrocardiogram data from the field to the hospital in advance of the patient’s arrival. The information is then shared among staff and physicians in the emergency department and cardiac catheterization laboratory to prepare the necessary team before the patient arrives.
“Every minute counts when a patient is having a heart attack,” said Keith Lepak, M.D., medical director of the Emergency Department at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. “By using LIFENET, we have vital medical information in advance so we can get everything and everyone in place when the patient arrives. As a result, the patient can be immediately treated in the cath lab if necessary instead of spending additional time being assessed in the emergency room. This ultimately saves even more lives.”
LIFENET aims to reduce treatment time for patients who experience a dangerous form of heart attack known as ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). STEMI poses a serious threat to the heart muscle and the quicker patients receive treatment the more likely they are to have a positive outcome. By capturing patient data and sharing across multiple sources, the system enhances overall patient care by coordinating care teams, reducing time to treatment, and streamlining operations. In addition, the system makes it simple to evaluate and manage data from a patient visit.
Door-to-balloon time is a measurement in emergency cardiac care that starts with the patient's arrival in the emergency department and ends when a catheter is inserted, restoring blood flow to the heart. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recommend a guideline of treatment in 90 minutes or less.
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake has earned the distinction of being recognized as a Cycle II Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI by the Society of Chest Pain Centers for the rapid recognition and treatment of patients suffering a heart attack. The hospital also received the Get With The Guidelines®—Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. For information about a free referral to a cardiologist on the medical staff at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, visit www.DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/PhysicianReferral.
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