Cardiac Alert at Sky Ridge Medical Center
Rapid Response for Chest Pain & Heart Attack Patients
Sky Ridge has initiated the Cardiac Alert program with our community emergency medical services (EMS) to provide speedier diagnosis and treatment of heart patients. Sky Ridge team has door-to-balloon times for STEMI patients that are less than the national average at 52 minutes.
Time is Muscle
When it comes to a heart attack, time is muscle. The more time the heart is deprived of blood and oxygen, the more muscle tissue dies. Sky Ridge's Cardiac Alert program provides heart attack patients the medical care they need as fast as possible.
How Cardiac Alert Works
Once the paramedic has initiated a cardiac alert, Sky Ridge's Cardiac Alert Team, consisting of emergency medicine doctors, the cardiac cath lab team and a cardiologist, assemble. When the patient arrives at the hospital, he or she is taken directly to the cardiac cath lab. The goal here is to open up blocked arteries as quickly as possible. The team is ready 24/7!
|One of two state-of-the-art Cardiac Cath Labs
at Sky Ridge
What is a STEMI?
A STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) is a deadly type of heart attack, which is identified on an EKG. Early treatment to the blocked coronary artery minimizes the extent of the heart muscle damage and preserves the pumping function of the heart, thereby, increasing survival and reducing or eliminating complications.
STEMI Time Calculation
Average STEMI times are approximate and are provided for informational purposes only. STEMI Times represent an average of our hospital’s STEMI cases over the past 52 weeks for which data is available, and is defined as the time it took to reestablish blood flow from the time the patient arrived at the hospital’s Emergency Room. The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Joint Commission have established that this should occur in 90 minutes or less.
Our average STEMI time is 52 minutes, which is lower than the national standard of 90 minutes.