Improving Treatment Times for Heart Attack PatientsHealth System Purchases Communication System For Local EMS Providers

On Monday, Aug. 20, Southeast Georgia Health System presented area EMS providers with CAREpoint workstations, a communication system that will save precious minutes in the treatment of heart attack patients and allow the Health System to activate a Code STEMI (heart attack) prior to the arrival of the patient, thereby reducing the time before treatment and minimizing damage to cardiac muscle.

The communication system is able to transmit electrocardiogram and other patient information to the Health System’s Brunswick or Camden campus as ambulances are en route.

“With a heart attack patient, the sooner we’re able to provide treatment, the better their chance for a positive outcome,” says Adam Sanchez, R.N., nurse manager, Emergency Care Center-Brunswick. “The national standard, and our goal, is to treat heart attack patients within 90 minutes of their arrival to the hospital. With this system, the emergency management technician only needs to press a button to send an EKG to the emergency care center, allowing us to call in the cath team and get the cath lab activated before the patient arrives.”

The Health System purchased 25 units to be installed in ambulances in Glynn, Brantley, McIntosh and Camden counties and Jekyll Island and will also maintain the license expense as a community service.

The equipment was presented to local EMS providers during a dinner on the Health System’s Brunswick Campus. They received training on the new technology from Phil Carey, southeastern sales specialist for General Devices.