“I feel like a new person thanks to St. Joseph’s Medical Staff, Dr. Waters and AMR.” Chris Ranuio
St. Joseph’s 12-Lead EKG project began when a team of physicians, nurses, and technicians dedicated to improving the care provided to heart attack patients at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, proposed implementing a pre-hospital 12-Lead EKG transmission program. Through the development of this collaborative STEMI team and streamlined process, St. Joseph’s has furthered the Emergency Department’s ability to rapidly transport heart attack patients to the hospital’s catheterization laboratory for definitive muscle-saving treatment. The 12-Lead EKG project immediately alerts and brings all necessary medical professionals to the needs of heart attack patients.
Implementing this project required the purchase of computer modules for the 12-lead EKG machines to be installed in 25 American Medical Response (AMR) vehicles in San Joaquin County, plus monthly service fees for data transfer capabilities, as well as computer equipment to receive the EKG readouts in the emergency department. It was determined that the minimum cost of implementing the program would be $165,000 over the first 5 years. St. Joseph’s Foundation immediately began raising the funds to make the initial investment in the necessary equipment.
Thanks to this life-saving partnership between AMR and St. Joseph’s Medical Center, grateful patients, like Chris Ranuio (pictured above with Dr. Waters and the cardiac catheterization lab staff), have a better chance at a full recovery when a heart attack strikes.
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