Achieve and maintain a door-to-balloon time of 90 minutes for patients having a S-T Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) heart attack
From FY 2014 to FY 2019, the six-year Average Door-to-Balloon Time for Patients Having a STEMI Heart Attack was 70 minutes and 16 seconds (70:16). While the average door-to-balloon interval has fluctuated slightly over the five-year time frame, it has remained consistently lower than the national standard. In that five-year period, the Department responded to over 720 STEMI heart attack calls, 318 of which received angioplasty (balloon) at a hospital (44.16%).
- Ensure paramedics are well equipped and trained to accurately interpret advanced electrocardiograms and treat heart attacks.
- Collaborate with area hospitals to deliver closely coordinated prehospital and definitive care for STEMI heart attack patients, including special operational protocols, EMS provider training, early notification systems, and an integrated quality assurance processes.
- Ensure effective identification of STEMI heart attack patients during the 911 call-taking process, and a subsequent appropriate resource response.
Source: Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue