PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
Measure: PCI within 90 minutes of arrival

Time Period Ending:  12/31/2012

Rate: 89%

What We Are Doing:

In the treatment of certain types of heart attacks, evidence shows that primary angioplasty works best to minimize the damage to the heart muscle caused by the interruption of blood flow. When using this treatment, time is of the essence.  The goal is to have the blockage opened within 90 minutes of arrival to the hospital.

We utilize a third-party to centralize communication of cardiac emergencies among EMS, cardiologists, the ER, and our cardiac cath lab. With the implementation of this centralized communication process, our already excellent treatment times have become even better.  We are continuing our work to become even faster, while remaining thorough in our care.

What YOU can do 

If you are having signs or symptoms of a heart attack call 911. Emergency Personal are trained to start immediate care if you are having a heart attack.

Emergency personnel can relay this information to the Emergency Department and Cardiac Care Team so they are ready for you upon your arrival to the hospital.

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