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Piedmont Newnan Hospital gives heart attack patients greater chance of survival
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Piedmont Newnan Hospital gives heart attack patients greater chance of survival

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Piedmont Newnan Hospital recently launched a new system to help improve heart attack patient outcomes. The LIFENET System, from Physio-Control, Inc., is the first web-based data network to offer emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital teams the tools to work together to help reduce time to treatment for severe heart attack patients. 

“When it comes to heart attacks, the less time it takes to get the patient into the catheterization lab, the less tissue damage there is - resulting in shorter hospital stays and better outcomes for the patient,” said Rick Spurlock, M.D., who specializes in emergency medicine at Piedmont Newnan. “We’re excited to have the wireless LIFENET System in place to best prepare treatment for our heart attack patients when time is crucial.”

The LIFENET System’s goal is to reduce the door-to-balloon time (D2B), or the amount of time it takes to open up the patient’s blocked artery, of patients who experience a dangerous type of heart attack known as STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction). A STEMI occurs in nearly 400,000 people in the U.S. each year.

“The ease of communication throughout the care team helps save critical time,” said Dr. Spurlock. “Time is muscle when it comes to matters of the heart. The quicker we open the blocked artery, the better chances of survival with less damage to the heart.”

LIFENET System allows paramedics in the field to provide Piedmont Newnan Hospital care teams with critical patient data so they can quickly identify STEMI patients and have hospital staff prepared before the patient arrives. The EMS crews on the scene are able to securely transmit EKG (electrocardiogram) results over the internet to Piedmont Newnan Hospital staff. The hospital team is then able to view the patient data including the EKG which measures the rate and regularity of heartbeats, as well as the size and position of the chambers, the presence of any damage to the heart, and the effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart, through a dedicated iPhone application.

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