Emergency transportation crews can now use a state-of-the-science system that transmits electrocardiogram information back to the Lourdes ED so that cardiac catheterization or other heart care can be ready when the patient comes through the door.
For patients, prehospital ECG means:
- emergency medical services personnel and critical care hospital staff who are working as one team as soon as emergency transport arrives to the patient;
- shorter "door-to-balloon" time at the hospital for heart attacks that require balloon angioplasty to open a blocked coronary artery;
- quicker treatment that results in decreased chance of death and less long-term damage to the heart.
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