Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) recently presented its STEMI (St Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup award to North Canton Fire Department for achieving the best door to balloon (D2B) angioplasty time for the second half of 2015. The squad received the award for its role in the “door to balloon angioplasty” (D2B) of seven minutes. North Canton Fire Department members (chief John Bacon, medic Brad Dillon, assistant chief Ron Feller, medic Amy Hohenberger and captain Dean McDonald) were present to accept the award.
The STEMI Cup award was presented during the hospital’s continuing education program for emergency medical services (EMS) in honor of Heart Month (February). Guest speaker for this event was Laurie Peach, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, nurse educator at Mercy Medical Center, whose topic was: Keep the Beat: 2015 AHA Guidelines and Resuscitation Science Update.
Dr. Ahmed Sabe and Dr. Frank Kaeberlein, co-directors of our ECPC, established the STEMI Cup award to recognize the outstanding efforts of the community’s local EMS. The acronym STEMI describes a heart attack cause by a completely blocked blood vessel. When this happens, time is muscle. Each minute is crucial when it comes to a patient’s chance for survival and speed of recovery.
The STEMI Cup is awarded twice a year to the squad achieving the best “door to balloon angioplasty” time in that six-month period. “This award recognizes not only the advancements that we (the collaborative team of ED and Cardiac Cath Lab nurses, technologists and doctors) have made in cardiac care, but the dedication and quick responsiveness of our local EMS,” states Dr. Ahmed Sabe, executive director, Mercy Heart Center and co-director, Mercy ECPC. “In combining these elements, our patients have a better chance for survival and faster recovery time for cardiac-related emergencies.”
Mercy Heart Center was the nation’s first accredited chest pain center and was also named among the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2013 by Truven Health Analytics. Additionally, Mercy Medical Center is the only Stark County hospital that has ever been named among the Top 50 Best Heart Hospitals by US News & World Report twice.
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