Bayfront Health Dade City Launches New System to Help Improve Heart Attack Patient Outcomes
Web-based System Utilizes Emergent Patient Data to Help Reduce Time to Treatment in east Pasco County
DADE CITY, Fla., February 1, 2017 – Bayfront Health Dade City announced they have launched a new web-based data network system to help improve heart attack patient outcomes. This new technology offers emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital teams tools to work together to help improve clinical and operational efficiencies. Bayfront Health Dade City’s use of this system has the goal of reducing time to treatment, known as door-to-balloon time (D2B), for patients in east Pasco County who experience a dangerous type of heart attack known as STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction).
STEMI poses a serious threat to the heart muscle and can result in death or serious disability for the patient. The more quickly patients receive treatment, which may include balloon angioplasty and stent placement in the cardiac catheterization (cath) lab, the more likely they are to have a positive outcome. D2B time refers to the interval from patient arrival at the hospital to inflation of the balloon catheter within the patient's blocked artery – the shorter the D2B time, the greater the chance of survival.
The web-based data network system is designed to connect EMS teams and hospital personnel with emergent patient data, and to help increase workflow so that a patient can receive treatment as quickly as possible. The system enables paramedics in the field to alert hospital care teams and provide them with critical patient data so they can quickly identify STEMI patients, determine where to route them for care, and have staff prepared before the patient arrives.
“This system will help us reduce time to treatment for STEMI patients,” said Wayne Ruppert, Cardiovascular Care Coordinator, at Bayfront Health Dade City. “Studies show that time from onset of symptoms to treatment is critical to improving survival and outcomes for these patients. Having this new system will enable us to better meet the guideline of treatment as recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.”
Bayfront Health Dade City was proud to report the first activation of the new system resulted in a 12 minute D2B!
More about STEMI
The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that close to 400,000 people in the U.S. experience STEMI every year. Studies show that when D2B time is 90 minutes or less, patient outcomes significantly improve, and hospital stays are shorter (Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2006).
The use of pre-hospital 12-lead ECGs plays a key part in reducing D2B times (Critical Pathways in Cardiology, 2007). The 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care emphasize the importance of a well-organized approach to STEMI care to activate rapid access to reperfusion therapy.
A 90 minute D2B time has become a core quality measure for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards, and in many states, a condition of licensure and receipt of Medicaid reimbursement.
About Bayfront Health Dade City
Bayfront Health Dade City is a nationally accredited, acute care hospital providing inpatient, outpatient and emergency care services. As a member of the Bayfront Health network, consisting of seven hospitals with more than 6,100 healthcare professionals, they provide a broad range of services including bariatrics, cardiology, orthopedics, gynecology, sleep medicine, urology, otolaryngology, neurology, diagnostic imaging and more.