CODE STEMI Heart Attack Care
At UH Parma Medical Center we know that time is critical when someone is experiencing a heart attack. Our Code STEMI system has resulted in a dramatic improvement in door-to-balloon times. An average of 96 percent of patients that arrive here experiencing an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have a door-to-balloon time of 90 minutes or less.
The Code STEMI system is activated by the Emergency Department (ED) physicians when a patient presents with an AMI or when an 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 ED to the Cath Lab. The Code STEMI team consists of physicians, nurses and technicians from the ED, Cath Lab, Cardiology, Heart Center, Respiratory Therapy and the Lab.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are a key element of the team approach. EMS of the hospital’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 the ED physician with critical information necessary to alert the Code STEMI team before the patient arrives to the hospital.