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SC ranks third in the nation for a key heart attack measure

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The South Carolina Hospital Association is reporting that according to the Hospital Compare website, South Carolina ranks #3 in the nation for the percentage of heart attack patients who receive PCI within 90 minutes of arrival. Top five: 1. Minnesota (93%)2. Vermont (92.9%)3. South Carolina (90%)4. Indiana (88%)5. Massachusetts (88%) This is an incredible achievement […]

Correlating ECG leads to the heart's anatomy

Here’s a cool widget from ECG Solutions.

Connecting through social media

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ACC/AHA focused update for STEMI and PCI

The ACC/AHA focused update of guidelines for STEMI and PCI have been released. They offer new insight into which patients should be given thrombolytics prior to transfer for PCI. They also give a “shout out” to Mission: Lifeline! 2009 Focused Updates: ACC/AHA Guidelines for the Management of Patients With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (Updating the 2004 […]

Honoring Our Veterans

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Since the Veteran’s Day activities at Shelter Cove Community Park scheduled for today have been canceled due to inclement weather, I’d thought I’d repeat last year’s dedication to America’s veterans. Happy Veteran’s Day! 11/11/08 To all the brave veterans of America’s wars, the Prehospital 12 Lead ECG blog says “Thank you for your service to […]

12-Lead ECG Case Studies

My department is starting a 12-lead ECG “case of the month” as part of our continuing education. Each month, I will select an ECG that was transmitted from the field and resulted in a cath lab activation. Whenever possible, I will include the “before” and “after” angiograms so that the paramedics receive feedback about the […]

False positive cardiac cath lab activations – PowerPoint

Here’s an interesting PowerPoint presentation that corresponds to a previous post. False Positive Cath Lab Activatin C R T Version from momiamd I found slide 14 to be particularly interesting. This is a topic that doesn’t get enough attention. Often the quarterly STEMI meetings go over the success stories but not the failures. It’s often […]

Dr. Sanjay Gupta's "Cheating Death" series

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Happy Birthday!

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The Prehospital 12-Lead ECG blog turned 1 yesterday. In that time, there have been 78,164 unique visits, including 65,204 first-time visitors, and 163,084 page loads. ClustrMaps has recorded visits from 155 different countries. I’m not sure what I expected when I started this blog. In fact, I’m not sure I expected anything. I just went […]

Chicago ambulances lack EKG machines

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Here’s an interesting story from ABC 7 (WLS-TV) in Chicago. “Some heart attack patients in Chicago may face an emergency situation when they are transported to the hospital in one of the city’s ambulances. The reason for that: those vehicles do not carry crucial equipment that can provide the patients with life-saving treatment.” See the […]

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