Methodist Medical Center: Faster Response Times For Heart Attack Patients

By WEEK Producer

December 20, 2011 Updated Dec 20, 2011 at 10:31 PM CST

The Emergency Room at Methodist Medical Center has added new equipment to speed the response time for Ambulance patients experiencing STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction). The American Heart Association considers STEMI as the most serious type of heart attack.

Methodist, in cooperation with EMS crews in the field, can now receive a 12-lead ECG on patients suspected of STEMI. The new LIFENET systems allows EMS crews in the field to transmit to Methodist ER physicians a secure ECG reading over the internet. The faster patients receive treatment, the more likely they are to have a more positive outcome. For patients being transported from a more rural location, precious minutes can be saved in the treatment process.

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