Mission: Lifeline® systems of care at work
A Green Bay hospital showed how Mission: Lifeline® is impacting their care for STEMI patients in a recent article on the importance of calling 911 after a heart attack. The article, featured on the American Heart Association blog, highlights the importance of timely treatment after someone experiences a STEMI, and causes of treatment delays.
Two Rivers, Wisconsin resident Timothy Mitchell went into cardiac arrest last September and was transported to Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, where he received PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) for a coronary artery that was 100 percent blocked. The interventional cardiologist on hand attributed the good outcome partially to the team effort of the paramedics and medical team and shortened transfer time, efforts that Mission: Lifeline emphasizes to streamline systems of care.
According to a recent study in the American Journal of Cardiology, people who self-transported themselves to the emergency department had treatment delays caused by having "off hour" cardiac events -- on weekends or between 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays -- and from not having EKGs performed within 10 minutes of hospital arrival.
The full story can be viewed at: http://blog.heart.org/calling-911-important-to-get-prompt-treatment/.