During a heart attack, every second counts. A gift from the Sherman Health Foundation has equipped local EMS ambulances with devices that allow EMS crews to immediately transmit 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECG) from the field to Emergency Department Physicians at Sherman Hospital.
“The 12-lead ECG tells doctors if a patient is having a heart attack,” says Neal Edelson, MD, EMS Medical Director, Sherman Health. “The sooner we receive this information, the sooner we can begin to prepare for the patient and start treatment.”
With one button, paramedics can use the device to transfer 12-lead ECG data from an ambulance to Sherman Hospital. In turn, Sherman Emergency Department Physicians can review the data and, if needed, alert all cardiologists and cath lab personnel to prepare for the patient’s arrival at the hospital.
“The time we save helps us save lives,” adds Dr. Edelson.
“This is another boost to our long standing heart program,” says Nicholas Loise, Director of Cardiovascular Services at Sherman Health. “Since being the first community hospital in Illinois to perform open heart surgery in 1972, we are to proud to continuously update our technology and cardiovascular services.”