In May 2012, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Fire Department and the American Heart Association unveiled new 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) equipment and transport protocol for city ambulances.
During the press conference a new system of care for Chicago patients who suffer an ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most severe type of heart attack was introduced..
Since then, there have been over 365 STEMI transport cases. Because of the new equipment, paramedic training, and the transport protocol that calls for STEMI patients to go to the nearest PCI hospital to get the most effective and efficient treatment, those 365+cases have seen improved outcomes and lives have been saved!
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