University Hospitals Parma Medical Center Exceeds the National Standards in Heart Attack Care

At University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute at UH Parma Medical Center, our Code STEMI system has resulted in a dramatic improvement in door-to-balloon times for time critical cardiovascular issues. Door-to-balloon is a unit of time measurement in emergency cardiac care. An average of 96 percent of our patients who arrive at our emergency department, experiencing an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), have a door-to-balloon under the national standard of 90 minutes or less.

Code STEMI is the Key to Successful Outcomes

The Code STEMI system is activated by UH Parma Medical Center Emergency Department (ED) physicians when a patient arrives onsite with symptoms of an AMI or when an electrocardiogram (EKG) is transmitted from the field showing an AMI.

The alert activates a specialized multidisciplinary team that provides expedient and safe care to the patient from the moment they enter the ED throughout their express arrival to the Cath Lab. The Code STEMI team consists of physicians, nurses and technicians from the full range of multidisciplinary care including the emergency department, cath lab, cardiology, Heart Center, respiratory therapy and laboratory services.

Working with Emergency Services for a Faster Response

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are a key element to our team approach. EMS teams that serve UH Parma Medical Center’s six founding communities – Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Seven Hills and North Royalton – are equipped with 12 lead EKG machines that transmit readings to the hospital. This provides our ED physician with critical information necessary to alert the Code STEMI team before the patient arrives at the hospital.

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