Saint Joseph London’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab sets quality standards.
Thousands of patients in the United States suffering from heart attacks fail to receive critical therapy in a timely fashion, and nearly 30 percent do not receive any reperfusion treatment (opening of the blocked artery) at all. As a result, the American Heart Association created the STEMI Provider Manual. A STEMI is a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, the most dangerous form of a heart attack.
The STEMI Provider Manual is designed to educate providers in the rapid recognition and early treatment strategies for patients who suffer from this type of heart attack. To ensure Saint Joseph - London staff is trained in the recognition and treatment strategies for STEMI; all staff within the Cardiac Cath Lab have completed the manual and passed the exam.
The American Heart Association recommends that patients suffering from STEMI receive reperfusion treatment within 90 minutes of entering the hospital. With an average door-to-reperfusion time of 61 minutes, Saint Joseph - London consistently delivers quality care to the patients of central and eastern Kentucky.