Heart Attack


Rushing to Save Heart Attack Patients: Systems Matter

(Chris Wong: Flickr)

(Chris Wong: Flickr)

During a heart attack time is muscle. The faster the blockage can be opened, the more likely it is that permanent heart damage can be reduced or avoided. KQED’s Quest reports on a national campaign to reduce the amount of time it takes for a patient to get from the door of the hospital to the operating table.

Minutes are shaved off at every step of a patient’s transport. Paramedics diagnose heart attacks in the field. They alert the hospital which puts a cardiac team on standby. Then when paramedics arrive at the hospital, they bypass the emergency department and go straight to a catheterization lab where doctors can start working to open blocked vessels right away. Continue reading