Approximately 200,000 people in the United States will suffer a STEMI this year, and, according to a recently published article in the Wall Street Journal, roughly 5% of those cases will occur in patients who are already in the hospital for other unrelated ailments. Read 'The Hospital is no Place for a Heart Attack' here.
Perhaps the statistic that is most shocking is that these patients wait 40 minutes on average to get an ECG and have a treatment time of 129 minutes after ECG. Compared to the 5 minutes to ECG and 60 minute treatment times of patients who have STEMIs outside the hospital, it is no wonder in-hospital STEMIs see a death rate of 40%. This rate could be drastically reduced with meticulous standardization of communication within the hospital team.
Pulsara is an acute care coordination platform that standardizes communication for all patients regardless of whether they arrive via EMS, walk in to the ED, or are already an inpatient. This is incredibly important since - as the WSJ article points out - inpatient coordination is a major nationwide challenge.
How do you currently share an ECG with your STEMI team for inpatients? Now, with a single tap, your entire team can be on the same page with ECG, patient stats, and a universal timer all in one place: at your fingertips. Pulsara also allows team members to send alerts and notifies them when alerts have been received. Imagine how these capabilities could allow your team to improve care coordination!
The key to consistently improving patient outcomes is to decrease variance. After all, what are protocols built for? Pulsara standardizes the care process for all STEMI (and stroke too!) patients, reducing variance, synchronizing the care team, and improving patient outcomes. It's that simple.
Check it out here.