Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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December 7, 2012

SOMC, Portsmouth Ambulance using new technology

ASHLAND — Southern Ohio Medical Center and Portsmouth Emergency Ambulance Services are utilizing new technology to increase the survival rate of local heart attack patients.

When an individual suffers a heart attack, Portsmouth Ambulance is now able to get key information to the Emergency Room at SOMC long before the patient even arrives by transmitting 12-lead EKGs. Portsmouth Ambulance is the first privately owned ambulance service in Scioto County to possess that capability.

“The faster we can get information about a heart attack patient, the better the odds are of achieving a positive outcome,” SOMC’s Administrative Director of Nursing Mary Kate Dilts-Skaggs said.

“We’re dedicated to offering excellent care to heart attack patients at SOMC,” Amy Fraulini, director of Critical Care and Heart and Vascular Services at SOMC, said. “We are an accredited chest pain center designated from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, and this technology should help us to offer even greater care in the future.”

The information sent to SOMC is analyzed while the patient is still in the ambulance, which means that the Emergency Room and Cardiac Catheterization Lab can begin preparing to treat a heart attack patient long before they arrive at the hospital.

“Our goal is to help patients receive the best treatment possible,” Mike Adkins, CEO of Portsmouth Ambulance, said. “Using 12-lead EKGs helps us do just that through early detection. The sooner we are able to get heart attack patients the treatment they need, the more heart muscle we areable to save.”

Portsmouth Ambulance can be reached at (740) 354-3122.

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