In July, Logan Memorial Hospital partnered with Ventra Plastics to host a S-T-Elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Drill, as part of its reaccreditation process as a Chest Pain Center. For this process, a mock chest pain drill must be performed within the community. This involves an emergency call to 911 stating an individual is having a heart attack and the emergency medical personnel must respond as if it were a real situation.
The call to EMS was made from Ventra Plastics at 9am where CEO, Ron Barbe, was acting as a chest pain patient. Within minutes, the Logan County EMS arrived and began assessing the situation. However, most of the time a call to 911 is not always made.
“People tend to wait when they think they may be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states Dr. Terry Crafton, M.D., Chest Pain Medical Director, Logan Memorial Hospital. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms. What they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient. One of the most crucial steps is calling 911.”
To speed up the process when time matters most, Logan County EMS have a 12 Lead EKG machine that forwards the EKG of the chest pain patient to Logan Memorial’s emergency room so that the doctors and nurses can prepare for the patient and know their status before they arrive. If the EKG shows a STEMI (ST elevation MI) then the medical staff can prepare accordingly. Dr. Terry Crafton emphasizes, “Studies show that time from onset of symptoms to treatment is critical to improving survival and outcomes for these patients. Having the Lifenet system enables us to more efficiently plan if the patient requires transfer to a facility equipped with a cath lab.”
Logan Memorial Hospital has been an Accredited Chest Pain Center since 2012. This means that Logan Memorial has evidence based best processes in place to meet strict criteria aimed at:
• Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
• Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
• Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.
Logan Memorial and all of its partners have enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and demonstrated a commitment to higher standards for our community and surrounding areas.
About Logan Memorial Hospital
Logan Memorial Hospital is a 75-bed facility committed to the health of Logan County and the surrounding communities. We offer a full range of services including cardio/pulmonary rehab, diagnostic sleep studies, outpatient and inpatient services, diagnostic imaging, emergency services and more. We strive to offer the highest-quality care possible, right here in Logan County. Our vision is focused on patient well-being; offering the most advanced technology and information systems, synonymous with quality, cost-effective healthcare. For more information on Logan Memorial Hospital visit our website at www.loganmemorial.com.
About the Society of Chest Pain Centers
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty Society, SCPC provides the support needed for hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpcp.org, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.