Northside Hospital-Cherokee Hospital sponsored the purchase of five new 12-lead cardiac monitors for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, which will help increase access to top-rated cardiac devices for patients in need.
“Local emergency medical services are often the first line of defense in diagnosing and treating a heart attack; a strong partnership with local EMS is critical to achieving better patient outcomes,” said Northside Hospital-Cherokee CEO Billy Hayes. “This sponsorship made perfect sense for us.”
Prior to the sponsorship, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services had just nine monitors, which served 1,106 cardiac-related responses in 2012.
The Physio-Control, Inc. LIFEPAK 12 defibrillators and monitors, which are now on board all of the Cherokee EMS ambulances, are designed to improve care for heart attack patients by reducing the overall time to treatment.
Due to budget constraints, it would have taken several years to purchase and implement new monitors without the sponsorship, according to agency officials.
“The purchase of the monitors through this donation will enhance the cardiac-related services provided to the citizens of Cherokee County,” said Fire Chief Tim Prather.
Prather said the new equipment allows emergency personnel to transmit information to emergency catheterization teams well in advance of a patient’s arrival at an emergency facility.
Previously known as angioplasty, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention is a non-surgical procedure that opens the heart’s arteries using a catheter with a small balloon attached to the tip.
The procedure is a critical interventional procedure for individuals suffering a heart attack due to blockage in the arteries.
Northside Hospital-Cherokee is the only facility in Cherokee County to offer the service.
EMS Chief Danny West said his department is dedicated to increasing survival and reducing disability from out-of-hospital emergencies.
“All of our programs are designed to enhance these efforts and are developed through strong partnerships with other EMS agencies and hospitals,” West said. “We sincerely appreciate the support from Northside Hospital-Cherokee.”
Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s Emergency Department, in collaboration with the hospital’s state-of-the-art Cath Lab, uses the latest monitoring and imaging equipment to provide stabilization and treatment of all conditions including PCI intervention for patients experiencing heart attacks.
In 2012, the hospital received accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The department is staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Adult Cardiac Life Support.
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