LANCASTER, Ohio (May 6, 2013) – Fairfield Medical Center recognizes emergency medical service providers with the STEMI Emmy on a biannual basis for their commitment and efforts in saving patients’ lives. The award is given to the EMS crew with the fastest time from initial medical contact to balloon. Because of Lancaster City EMS' commitment, the March STEMI Emmy has been presented to two EMS crews within Lancaster city limits. On Jan. 22, EMS crews responded to 911 calls for patients complaining of chest pain within five hours of each other.
The first crew, Medic 503, responded to a 53-year-old who suffered from sudden chest pain and profuse sweating. Dispatcher Marie Hayden answered the 911 call and dispatched Medic 503 immediately.
The crew performed an immediate 12-lead EKG and transmitted the EKG to the FMC emergency department and announced a STEMI alert. Their prompt recognition of this patient having a heart attack allowed them to bypass the emergency department and go directly to the cardiac catheterization lab suite where Dr. Jeremy Buckley, interventional cardiologist at FMC, awaited their arrival. Immediately Dr. Buckley began the procedure to open up the blockage to the patient’s artery. The team’s first medical contact to artery open time was 31 minutes. This time sets a new record for the history of the STEMI Emmy recognition program. The record holding Medic 503 crew consists of paramedics Brian McQueary and Jerry Murphy.
Not to be outdone by their teammates, Medic 502 crew Randall McCrady, Nicholas Reid and Carl Snoke answered a similar call just five hours later. Dispatcher Nikki Meadows answered a 911 call for a 76-year-old male complaining of chest pain that radiated across his chest. This crew also recognized that the patient was having a heart attack on the EKG and transmitted EKG results to the emergency department to announce the alert.
During his transport, the patient became unresponsive and lost his pulse. The medics performed life-saving measures and the patient arrived at FMC alert and oriented. After a brief stay in the emergency department, Dr. Tom Standeford, Emergency Department physician, facilitated getting the patient to the cardiac cath lab suite where Dr. Mehdi Qamar, interventional cardiologist, was prepared for his arrival. The patient’s artery was opened within 35 minutes of Medic 502’s first medical contact, just four minutes shy of Medic 503’s time.
The March 2013 STEMI Emmy for outside Lancaster city limits was given to to Clearcreek Township EMS. This 100 percent volunteer agency included crew members Keith Tussing, Bryan Jeffers and Mike Jackson. These EMS providers were dispatched to a 64-year-old male who developed chest pain after pulling back his bow during deer season on Nov. 5, 2012. The crew performed a 12-lead EKG, transmitting results to FMC. A STEMI alert was announced and the patient went directly to cath lab suite at FMC where a successful ballooning and stent placement was performed. Their first medical contact to artery open time was 47 minutes. Given the approximate transport time from the patient’s home to FMC of 30 minutes, their efforts in saving this patient’s life should be commended.
“I am so happy to be a part of the recognition of these EMS providers,” said Rhonda Wells, R.N., FMC Chest Pain Center coordinator. “Their amazing commitment and skill in caring for patients having a heart attack should allow peace of mind to patients within Lancaster and the surrounding area.”
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