BOUNTIFUL — A recent study found that only 26 percent of people with heart attack symptoms in the area went to Lakeview Hospital or other MountainStar hospitals in Salt Lake City in an ambulance, according to a press release from the hospital.
“That means 74 percent of patients unknowingly delayed heart-muscle saving and perhaps life-saving treatment by driving to the hospital,” according to the release.
Around the country, the average patient waits two or more hours after the onset of symptoms to get to a hospital.
That would prevent them from taking advantage of the special technology in emergency rooms and ambulances designed for heart care.
“This is only one of the factors that led to MountainStar hospitals and satellite emergency center being first in Utah to achieve accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the national Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care,” according to the release.
Lakeview Hospital, St. Mark’s Hospital, Lone Peak Emergency Center, Ogden Regional Medical Center, Brigham City Community Hospital and Timpanogos Regional Hospital are first in the state to become Chest Pain Centers accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
“The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms,” said Cydney Vandyke, chest pain and stroke coordinator at Lakeview Hospital. “They don’t realize that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage will be done to their heart and they will have a better outcome. Too many people wait too long before calling 911 when they think they might be having a heart attack.”
To earn the accreditation, the hospitals had to show expertise for these criteria:
• Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.
• Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.
• Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack.
• Effectively treating low risk patients with no assignable cause for their symptoms.
• Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures.
• Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel.
• Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system.
• Maintaining organizational structure and commitment.
• Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care.
The February edition of Davis Wellness focuses on heart health. Download the complete edition free by clicking here.