Web-based LIFENET® System Utilizes Emergent Patient Data to Help Reduce Time to Treatment in Perry, Spencer and Hancock Counties.
TELL CITY, INDIANA – Perry County Memorial Hospital announced today the launch of a new system to help improve heart attack patient outcomes. The LIFENET System, from Physio-Control, Inc., is the first web-based data network of its kind, offering emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital teams tools to work together to help improve clinical and operational efficiencies. PCMH’s use of LIFENET System has the goal of reducing time to treatment for patients in Perry 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, the more likely they are to have a positive outcome.
“The LIFENET System will help us reduce time to treatment for STEMI patients,” said Joe Stuber, President and CEO, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. “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.”
LIFENET System is a state-of-the-art, easy to use system 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. LIFENET 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, reducing time to treatment. This is all securely managed by a web-based system administered by Physio-Control.
EMS crews in the field use a cardiac monitor/defibrillator to obtain a 12-lead ECG, whether from a LIFEPAK® 12, 15 or third party device. The ECG report is then securely transmitted over the Internet. Hospital teams are alerted to incoming information, are able to view the patient data and share with other care teams, and engage remote clinicians for decision support through a dedicated iPhone application. The ease of communication throughout the care team helps save critical time.
LIFENET System allows paramedics, physicians and nurses to focus on treatment decisions and patient care while the system works quietly in the background, both in the field and in the hospital emergency department. LIFENET is helping communities elevate heart attack care to a whole new level by enabling them to set up systems of care for reducing time to treatment for STEMI patients.
Perry County Memorial Hospital is dedicated to providing advanced, quality care to residents in our community. Even in emergency situations PCMH is equipped with advanced, reliable technology to assist in the time of need.