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To Repeat or Not to Repeat? A STEMI Coordinator's Guide to ECGs

By Shane Elmore, RN on Feb 02, 2016

Fewer things are more frustrating for a medic than calling in a STEMI. First they have to send the ECG in for the physician to see before they arrive at the hospital, and then they are asked to stop at the door to get another one using the hospital’s ECG machine. When they could be out saving more lives, duplicating their efforts is the last thing they want to be doing.

There used to be a time when prehospital ECGs were lacking in quality compared to those obtained using hospital machinery. Field ECGs simply weren't of diagnostic quality - but today's field monitors have come a long way and are now of comparable quality to hospital machinery. As
 such, it no longer makes sense to require medics to repeat their ECG upon hospital arrival.

Topics: STEMI
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Want to improve STEMI patient outcomes? Focus on more than just D2B time.

By Hannah Ostrem on Jan 05, 2016

 

The findings of new research supports the notion that improving heart attack outcomes begins with patient education.

The study - which suggests that early treatment to restore blood flow rapidly after heart attack symptom onset may reduce heart tissue damage - tested 2056 patients who had received treatment in three different time groupings. The first group received treatment less than 2 hours after symptom onset, the second group received treatment 2-4 hours after symptom onset, and the third group received treatment more than 4 hours after symptom onset.

Topics: STEMI
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Happy New Year! A Look at Pulsara's Most Read Content From 2015

By Hannah Ostrem on Dec 31, 2015

2015 has been an amazing year for Pulsara. We grew our incredible team, gained some amazing clients, helped several facilities finally acheive their desired D2N and D2B times, and pushed out some truly revolutionary features on our platform - all in the name of improving patient outcomes for time sensitive emergencies. 

To celebrate a successful year, we thought we'd reflect on Pulsara's 5 most popular blog posts from 2015. Some were funny, others serious, but all were educational. Take a look for yourself!

Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS Leadership Healthcare
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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 Brian, our Lead QA Engineer at Pulsara, and as he was looking through the 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