Code STEMI: ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)
At Reid Heart Center, we put a special cardiac team in place to be prepared, with your vital statistics in hand, to meet you at the Emergency Department if you're suddenly suffering from Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) or Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI or heart attack).
Connecting EMS to the Reid Heart Center's Cath Lab, the Code STEMI Response Team strives to beat the "door-to-balloon" golden rule of 90 minutes from when the team is called into action.
How does Code STEMI work?
You called 911 because you're experiencing chest pains and having difficulty breathing. The emergency technician has arrived at your house and almost instantly, he's reading your EKG and faxing it to the FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Emergency Department.
At the Emergency Department, an emergency physician is standing by, ready to analyze the results along with a cardiologist. The physician team reviews the statistics and puts a plan into action - before you even arrive at the hospital. If a heart attack or ACS is diagnosed, the Code STEMI Response Team immediately prepares for a primary angioplasty, thrombolytic therapy or even emergency bypass surgery.
Since the Reid Heart Center staffs a team in the Cath Lab 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there is no wait for treatment. Support staff is always available to prepare and participate in invasive cardiology procedures. The time saved using the Code STEMI Response Team saves lives and improves chances of recovery and gives patients and their families one less thing to worry about in a cardiac emergency.
The Code STEMI Response Team
Emergency Department Physician
Emergency Department Nurse
Interventional Cardiologist on call
Critical Care Unit (CCU) Nurse
Cardiology Physician Assistant
24/7 Cath Lab Team