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Former Pulsara User Discusses The Platform and Why He Became an Employee [Podcast/Video]

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 18, 2015

 

Perhaps the best testimonial a company like Pulsara could hope for, is one where someone is in a job they love so much that they say they will retire from that job - only to be so touched by our potential to impact lives on such a large scale that they feel compelled to come work for us instead. 

Brandon Means is a paramedic and RN who loves saving lives and helping sick patients above all else. In his past role, he was also a customer of Pulsara. After noting the effect the company had on door-to-needle and door-to balloon times, Brandon realized the opportunity to impact lives on such a broad scale was a chance he could not turn down and became one of our Clinical Specialists. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Recently, Brandon was chosen by Sam Bradley, host of the Disaster Podcast, to be featured on an episode of The MedicCast. The episode was cast live from the PhysioControl Studios on the floor of the EMS World Expo earlier this fall, after Sam saw a demo of Pulsara. 

Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS Press
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If You're Going to Have a Stroke or STEMI, Here's When it Might Happen!

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 10, 2015

I was sitting next to one of our Lead QA Engineers at Pulsara and as he was looking through our app's use statistics. He made an observation that piqued my interest: "We have consistently fewer users on the weekends! I wonder if there is decreased incidence of time-sensitive emergencies on those days?" 

Intrigued by the thought that emergency conditions like STEMI and stroke—which are highly unpredictable in nature—could be somehow pinned down to a day-of-the-week trend, I decided to delve in deeper and see if there was any literature to back up the hunch. Here's what I found:

Topics: Stroke STEMI
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Survey: Most Healthcare Messaging Systems NOT HIPAA Compliant

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 03, 2015

 

A recent survey conducted by Infinite Convergence Solutions shows that the majority of healthcare institutions in the United States are using messaging apps and services that do not meet enterprise-grade standards for HIPAA and security regulations.


According to FierceMobileHealthcare, Infinite Convergence's CEO, Anurag Lal, said "CIOs and IT leaders in healthcare institutions need to make available an official ... messaging platform to their employees which also allows them to implement administrative, physical and technical safeguards that HIPAA requires." 

Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS Coordinators' Corner Healthcare
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Pulsara's Care Coordination Featured on 'The Disaster Podcast' [Listen Here]

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 01, 2015

 

If your wife wanted you to pick up some milk on your way home, would she send you a fax or a page? Would she have her assistant call your answering service who will then let you know that you need to call her to tell you she needs some milk? 

Sounds ridiculous, right? In reality, your wife will simply text you. In 2 seconds, she can relay the simple message to you, you get it in real time, and can quickly type back "got it." It's simple, fast, effective communication that just makes sense. 

Unfortunately, when lives are on the line, we are still doing communications in the backwards, roundabout, convoluted way described in the first paragraph of this post and by Pulsara's CEO Dr. James Woodson in The Disaster Podcast's latest episode. 

Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS Coordinators' Corner Press
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Erlanger Medical Center Achieves Exceptional STEMI Times

By Hannah Ostrem on Nov 12, 2015

 

We've been saying it from day 1: time is tissue. As such, your critical care team needs to be impeccably organized to consistently shave minutes off of STEMI and stroke cases and ultimately provide better outcomes for your patients. At Pulsara, we are dedicated to helping you do just that. 

But don't take our word for it! Erlanger Medical Center is an impressive facility in Chattanooga, TN, serving as the area's only level-one trauma center and boasting the fourth largest interventional stroke program in the country. Erlanger also shines in cardiovascular care, with an average time to intervention of just 62 minutes (versus the 90-minute national standard).

Topics: STEMI Press
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It's Time to "Let Doctors be Doctors" [Video]

By Hannah Ostrem on Nov 03, 2015

 

Dr. Zubin Damania is a physician who, like many of his peers, felt trapped in a system that was dictating every aspect of his caregiving for him - forcing him to spend the majority of his time on reporting and data entry rather than with patients.

As an activist and advocate for better healthcare that fits with the pace of the modern world, Dr. Damania has devoted his spare time to breaking down barriers doctors face that prevent them from providing optimal care through his entertaining, creative, and genius parody music videos. When he's not being "ZDoggMD," Dr. Damania is transforming the traditional healthcare experience into one that is focused on the patient, rather than on bureaucracy.

Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS
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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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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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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
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Standardized Communication to Improve Inpatient STEMI Treatment Time Outcomes

By Hannah Ostrem on Feb 24, 2015

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). 
Topics: STEMI EMS Coordinators' Corner
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Wise Regional Health System Improves Stroke and Cardiac Care with New Technology [Press Release]

By Hannah Ostrem on Nov 01, 2014

Topics: Stroke STEMI Press