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If You're a Woman or if You Know One, You Need to See This [VIDEO].

By Hannah Ostrem on Oct 13, 2015

 

Did you know that the NUMBER ONE cause of death in American women today is heart disease? With the higher-than-ever demands of women's professional, social, and family lives, it's tempting for women (men too!) to put their own health needs last. After all, it'll never happen to you ... right?

The American Heart Association released the following short film inspired by true stories of women who have suffered heart disease in hopes of educating others about the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular distress. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also stars in the short film, "Just a Little Heart Attack" sends a powerful message that's crucial for all of us, woman or man, to hear: despite the seemingly all-important demands of our lives, our heart health needs to come first

Topics: STEMI
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Pulsara Chosen Among Top Innovators to Receive 2015 EMS World Innovation Award [Press Release]

By Team Pulsara on Oct 08, 2015

 

Pulsara has been awarded the EMS Top Innovation Award, as announced at the September 2015 EMS World Expo in Las Vegas. This award is presented to the most innovative products of the year, as judged by a panel from the EMS World Expo Faculty and EMS World Editorial Advisory Board.

Pulsara is a platform that performs like an app to coordinate and simplify the care process for STEMI and stroke. The Pulsara story starts at a dinner party in late 2011, when a group of dedicated medical professionals who were part of Leading Edge Medical Associates (LEMA) came together to discuss a challenge: “How can we improve patient care in our facilities? How can we help our healthcare system pursue value based healthcare – providing improved quality of care at a lower cost?”

Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS Press
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Memorial Health System Improves Stroke and STEMI Case Times With New Technology [Press Release]

By Hannah Ostrem on Oct 01, 2015

Memorial Healthcare System Improves Stroke and STEMI Case Times With New Technology

HOLLYWOOD, FL: Memorial Healthcare System has implemented a mobile application to simplify care coordination and improve outcomes for emergency patients at Memorial Regional Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center in Hollywood, FL

When it comes to emergency conditions such as STEMI or stroke, time is a critical factor in determining patient outcome. Unfortunately, even the most advanced treatment centers experience delays when providing care as a result of outdated processes and archaic technologies that waste time and create chaos.

Topics: Stroke STEMI Press
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Putting a [Pit]stop to Stroke and STEMI

By Brandon Means on Jun 30, 2015

 

Even if you aren’t a diehard NASCAR fan, you’ve likely still heard the same champion names over and over. It might surprise even dedicated fans to learn that all of the cars on the track are limited to the same top speed and horsepower range. With this being the case, how can it be that there is such a large disparity between first and last place? ... The answer is that the race is won and lost during the pit stop!

Topics: Stroke STEMI Coordinators' Corner
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When Eliminating Chaos Means Saving Lives

By Hannah Ostrem on Jun 25, 2015

 

You've heard it before: "Time is tissue."

When it comes to heart attack, this statement is painstakingly true. Only a few years ago, it was standard for patients to wait two hours before cardiologists were able to get their blood flowing again. Now, thanks in large part to national goals set forth by the American College of Cardiology, the standard for case completion of heart attacks is 90 minutes. 

According to a recent article in the New York Times, a small community hospital in the town of Camden, New Jersey was able to reduce its average STEMI treatment times from 93 minutes in 2007 to 71 minutes in 2011 to 50 minutes currently.

Topics: STEMI
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How to Run the Acute Care Race Like an Olympian

By James Woodson, MD on Jun 07, 2015

 

Do you believe that “time is tissue?”

Two million brain cells die every minute when your patient is having a stroke. With that knowledge, how can we decide on an “acceptable” treatment time? Is it the 60-minute national benchmark? What about a 45-minute treatment time? Perhaps even 30 minutes? Think about that math for a second and how many neurons you could spare by cutting your treatment times for stroke. Similarly, how much cardiac tissue could be spared by reducing STEMI times?

Topics: Stroke STEMI
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The Pitfalls of STEMI Care: Fixable with Pulsara [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Hannah Ostrem on Jun 03, 2015

The successful care of STEMI cases is dependent on members of EMS, the ED charge nurse, the ED physician, the cath lab, the rapid/house RN, and the cardiologist all working together in sync to deliver the most efficient care possible in order to save time and tissue. However, this process often breaks down as the care team struggles with common pain points and system pitfalls including: 

  • Late notifications
  • Inability to contact other team members
  • Difficulty accessing the ECG
  • Incorrect call list
  • Inability to manage door-in/door-out benchmarks
  • The list goes on …

Ultimately, these frustrations not only cost ghastly amounts of hospital dollars but also patient tissue.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR STEMI PITFALLS INFOGRAPHIC:

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Topics: STEMI
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Stroke: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

By Kris Kaull on Mar 31, 2015


EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to our guest blogger, Bob Sullivan. Bob Sullivan, MS, NRP, is a paramedic instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been in EMS since 1999, and has worked as a paramedic in private, fire-based, volunteer, and municipal EMS services, and is an ally to Pulsara. Contact Bob at his blog, The EMS Patient Perspective.

 Enjoy!

~ Kris

EMS plays a critical role in identifying, treating, and directing stroke patients into a system of care. Here are 10 things you need to know about stroke:

Topics: STEMI EMS
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STEMI: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

By Kris Kaull on Mar 19, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to our guest blogger, Bob Sullivan. Bob Sullivan, MS, NRP, is a paramedic instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been in EMS since 1999, and has worked as a paramedic in private, fire-based, volunteer, and municipal EMS services, and is an ally to Pulsara. Contact Bob at his blog, The EMS Patient Perspective.

 Enjoy!

~ Kris

 

EMTs and paramedics play a crucial role in rapid detection, treatment, and transport of STEMI1 patients to the most appropriate hospital. Here are the top 10 things you need to know about STEMI to save lives:

Topics: STEMI EMS