KANSAS CITY (April 8, 2014) – The American Heart Association, in partnership with cardiovascular & EMS professionals across the state, announced 10 Kansas hospitals are actively participating in Project 10/30 – a statewide project designed to improve survival rates for those who suffer from the worst type of heart attack – STEMI. On the Kansas side of the metro, Saint Luke’s South Hospital, The University of Kansas Hospital Authority and Shawnee Mission Medical Center all participate as STEMI-Receiving hospitals.
“Unfortunately, not all Kansans get equal access to heart attack care, therefore we set a goal to overcome the fact that where you live shouldn’t determine the care you receive,” said Jerilyn Rodgers, RN, MSN, CNL, chest pain program coordinator, The University of Kansas Hospital. “By using the tools and resources provided by Project 10/30, heart attack care across the state of Kansas can be viewed as an intricate connection between all hospitals and EMS systems so that every Kansan experiencing a heart attack has the best chance of survival.”
An ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is a serious type of heart attack during which one of the heart’s major arteries is blocked. Project 10/30 is specifically designed to improve the speed of recognition and treatment of patients experiencing this type of heart attack.
Project 10/30 is all about TIME.
Geography should not determine whether you live or die,” says Barbara Columbus, ACS program manager at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, and co-chair of Northeast Kansas Mission: Lifeline. “People who live in rural areas, away from hospitals that can treat these emergencies, are especially at risk. By bringing together hospitals and EMS, we are closing the gap, increasing the ability of patients to reach treatment faster, which will ultimately save lives.”
The “10” of Project 10/30 represents the 10-minute goal from the time a patient enters the facility to the time an EKG is performed. This 10-minute time goal has been established by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and non-compliance of this time is still found to be a major cause of delay in patient treatment.
The “30” of Project 10/30 represents the time allotted from door-in to door-out, meaning once a patient enters their local healthcare facility, within 30-minutes a decision must be made to administer a clot buster OR they need to be transferred to a second-level healthcare facility.
“Essentially, our goal is to move Kansas patients through the system faster, so that they get the care they need in a timely fashion,” said Kay Brown, Kansas quality improvement director, American Heart Association. “The faster you treat the STEMI, the better potential outcome a patient can receive.”
American Heart Association studies show that in 2013, less than one percent of patients received treatment within the time parameters suggested by the association and the American College of Cardiology guidelines. These guidelines state that a treatment plan should be decided upon within 30 minutes of arrival of the first medical facility AND the patient should receive those treatments within 120 minutes of arrival.
Brown continued, “Because WHERE you live, shouldn’t determine IF you live.”
Project 10/30 was developed as part of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program establishing regional Systems of Care focused on STEMI and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation. Through partnerships with the public, dispatchers, EMS providers & leaders, and hospitals, the association works to establish systems of care to improve the process and outcomes of cardiac emergencies.
For more information on Project 10/30, visit www.heart.org/MissionLifelineKS.
Addendum: Kansas Participating Hospitals
Newman Regional Health, Emporia, KS
St. Francis Health, Topeka, KS
Saint Luke’s South Hospital, Overland Park, KS
Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Topeka, KS
The University of Kansas Hospital Authority, Kansas City, KS
Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission, KS
Community Hospital Onaga, Onaga, KS
St. Mary’s Health Center, St. Mary’s, KS
Holton Community Hospital, Holton, KS
Anderson County Hospital, Garnett, KS
Ciara O’Brien Murray, Communications Director
American Heart Association
(913) 652-1966; Ciara.Murray@heart.org