TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Cardiac Care Network of Ontario,
(CCN) welcomes the provincial Auditor General's recommendation that a
provincial protocol be finalized for treatment of "STEMI" heart
The recommendation is contained in the chapter of the Auditor General's
annual report on Land Ambulance services. It mirrors a recommendation
made in the June, 2013 CCN report,"Recommendations for Best-Practice STEMI Management in Ontario".
STEMI, an acronym for "ST segment elevation myocardial infarction" is a
kind of heart attack that can cause death if not treated quickly. About
one-third of people who have heart attacks suffer a STEMI.
CCN and its partners are working to implement a province-wide plan aimed
at providing faster and better care for the approximately 7,000
Ontarians who suffer "STEMI" heart attacks every year.
Heart attacks have a mortality rate of 30% and recent Canadian studies
have shown a 50% reduction in deaths by providing appropriate and
timely care for STEMI patients. Effective STEMI treatment requires
quickly restoring blood flow in the coronary artery, ideally within 30
minutes to 2 hours of the heart attack.
"This requires timely diagnosis, transportation and treatment when STEMI
is diagnosed or suspected, and the timeliness of the intervention is
measured in minutes, not days or weeks," says CCN CEO Kori Kingsbury.
Part of the challenge is to quickly co-ordinate treatment among
multiple care givers.
"In order to meet the treatment guidelines, hospitals, doctors, nurses
and ambulance services need to work together in a co-ordinated
fashion," adds CCN's STEMI-EMS Working Group Chair, Dr. Madhu
SOURCE: Cardiac Care Network of Ontario (CCN)
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