SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla - July 3, 2007
In early July, Flagler Hospital will become the first hospital in northeast Florida to use the LifeNet EKG receiving station to expedite life-saving care for patients experiencing a heart attack. With this system, St. Johns County Fire Rescue can transmit an EKG directly from the ambulance to the emergency department, allowing early activation of the heart team, prior to patient arrival at the hospital.
When a heart attack occurs, minutes count. The LifeNet EKG system utilizes cutting edge technology which allows early evaluation and prompt treatment of critically ill patients. With this new system we hope to reduce heart damage, improve survival rates and prevent heart failure that may follow a heart attack.
"We are excited about this service. It will help us speed treatment and save more lives. LifeNet EKG transmission allows the doctors at Flagler Hospital to consult with the paramedics in the field and to prepare before the arrival of critically ill patients.” Judi Marcinell, Director of Cardio Pulmonary Services, said. “The system works with the hospital’s heart data management system. It allows the emergency room doctor to compare the EKG from the ambulance with that patient’s previous EKG and to diagnose a heart attack at the earliest possible time."
"The installation of LifeNet is another example of Flagler Hospital's ongoing commitment to bring the latest in proven lifesaving technology to northeast Florida," stated President Joe Gordy. “We look forward to the launch of the service in early July."
Flagler Hospital is a 316 bed acute care hospital serving St. Augustine and surrounding Florida communities. Flagler Hospital is the region’s only hospitals to receive the ANCC Magnet hospital award and is recognized nationally for overall clinical excellence. Flagler Hospital is the recipient of the HealthGrades 2006 Patient Safety Award, the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Award, the Healthgrades 2006 Cardiac Care Award, and was named the 2006 Best Place to Work by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Flagler Hospital currently operates a medical office complex in Palm Coast.