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Texas Health Dallas Implements Web-Based System

Monday August 9, 2010
Paula Spencer, RN
Paula Spencer, RN
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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has implemented a new Web-based wireless technology that allows paramedics to send ECG test results of possible heart-attack victims directly to the hospital. The LIFENET system allows paramedics and other EMS personnel to instantly transmit a 12-lead ECG from the field to hospital computers.

Paula Spencer, RN, CEN, ED, clinical supervisor and chest pain coordinator, in a news release said the system is “an ‘easy button’ for the EMS personnel to use and activate, and because we can forward the 12-lead to the interventionalists’ smart phones, everyone is part of the coordinated process.”

LIFENET is expected to help reduce by up to 20 minutes the time it takes to assess and treat heart-attack patients and quickly identify a STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction) and will enable clinicians to better meet the door-to-balloon goal of 90 minutes or less, Spencer said.