PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
Measure: Time to PCI

Time Period Ending:  12/31/2012

Rate: 0:55 hours

What We Are Doing:

In the treatment of certain types of heart attacks, evidence shows that primary angioplasty works best to minimize the damage to the heart muscle caused by the interruption of blood flow. When using this treatment, time is of the essence.  The goal is to have the blockage opened within 90 minutes of arrival to the hospital.

We utilize a third-party to centralize communication of cardiac emergencies among EMS, cardiologists, the ER, and our cardiac cath lab. With the implementation of this centralized communication process, our already excellent treatment times have become even better.  We are continuing our work to become even faster, while remaining thorough in our care.

What can you do?

Be familiar with the signs and symptoms of a heart attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction) and seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

Call 911 and describe your symptoms. Delayed treatment increases the risk of death.

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