Our Partnerships Mean Less Time Between The Ambulance and Treatment
When it comes to saving heart muscle in a heart attack, every second counts.
In an effort to reduce the time it takes to treat cardiovascular patients the Heart & Vascular Center at Rose partners with emergency medical services (EMS), which allows high-quality care to begin before the patient even gets to the hospital — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Paramedics call from the field, giving the Heart and Vascular Center at Rose a heads up so they’re ready to receive the patient as soon as they arrive. Reducing patient wait times saves lives.
How Cardiac Alert Works
Paramedics respond to a 911 emergency call, and based on the symptoms identified, they launch the Cardiac Alert to signal the Rose Cardiac Alert Team — consisting of emergency medicine doctors, the cardiac cath lab team and a cardiologist — to assemble in preparation to receive the patient once he or she arrives at Rose.
The second the patient arrives at the hospital, he or she is taken directly to the cardiac cath lab with one goal: to open up blocked arteries as quickly as possible.
Coordinating Our Efforts to Save Time and Lives
This early alert system has made it possible for The Heart & Vascular Center at Rose to beat the national average to open clogged coronary vessels – by nearly half the time. We are improving care and saving lives, a feat that wouldn’t be possible without the EMS partners who make the Cardiac Alert program such a success.
Cardiac Alert System
In this video, Dr. Don Lefkowits, former director of the Rose Medical Emergency Department, explains how the cardiac alert system works and why it helps save heart attack patients lives.