St. Elizabeth Honors Edgewood Firefighters for Treating Stroke Patient

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Emergency Services came to the Edgewood City Council meeting on Monday night to honor two firefighters/paramedics for their quick response time in transporting an accident patient cerebrovascular.

Tissue Plasminogen Activator, or TPA, is a powerful anticoagulant used to treat stroke patients in emergencies. It was first used in 1996, although it was considered risky at the time.

Due to the fact that stroke is the third leading cause of death in adults and the leading cause of disability in adults worldwide, the primary treatment for stroke is ADT because it is so effective in eliminating clots that block blood flow and cause death of brain tissue.

The term needle gate means the time between the patient’s home and the administration of TPA through a needle dose.

“Edgewood EMS staff were involved in transporting a stroke patient, leading to the fastest door-to-needle delivery of ART for the St. Elizabeth Health System in the September,” said Betty McGee, educator at St. Elizabeth. Emergency services. “On behalf of St. Elizabeth Healthcare and the American Heart Association, we would like to thank them for the exceptional care they provided to this patient, which led to the administration of TPA within 37 minutes of his arrival at St. Elizabeth’s settlement.”

Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Wittenberger and Firefighter/EMT Mason Hale received certificates and pink brain pins for their achievement.

Target Stroke is a national quality improvement initiative launched in 2010 by the American Heart Association. It focuses on improving ischemic stroke care by reducing door-to-needle time for eligible patients to receive IV thrombolytic therapy once they arrive at the hospital.

The AHA recommended gate-to-needle time is less than 45 minutes, so when area EMT teams are able to achieve this goal, St. Elizabeth Emergency Services likes to highlight that achievement.

Target Stroke not only improved door-to-needle times, but according to the AHA, it also increased the number of patients receiving treatment quickly, which in turn reduced in-hospital mortality, as well less bleeding and more patients coming back. residence.

The program enrolled 1,200 hospitals in its first year in the United States, with the primary goal of reaching at least half of their stroke patients within 60 minutes.

In phase two, the goal was to reach 75% of patients within 60 minutes, and then the net goal was to achieve door-to-needle times of 45 minutes or less for 50% of patients.

“It’s a big deal,” said Missy Miles, assistant vice president of emergency services. “These are positive outcomes for our patients, streamlining care from pre-hospital to hospital.”

About Antoine L. Cassell

Check Also

A life-saving treatment on the other side of the world

TAKING FLIGHT: Sarah McDowell has been battling multiple sclerosis for nearly five years and hopes …