University Hospital Emergency Medical Services
University Hospital EMS, in conjunction with the Departments of Emergency Medicine at University Hospital, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and St. Michael's Medical Center, is proud to have initiated the first STAT-MI program in the United States. In 2005, University Hospital began a program to activate the Cardiac Catheterization Lab from the field, and to bring certain myocardial infarction (MI) patients straight from the ambulance to the catheterization laboratory for immediate treatment. This initiative helps improve patient care, decrease recovery time, and most importantly, save the lives of critically ill patients.
The paramedics, once on scene, begin treatment, and identify the patient as a potential STAT-MI patient. The paramedic unit then initiates contact with the medical control physician (MCP) at University Hospital.
A prehospital 12-lead ECG is transmitted to the receiving PCI center. If the receiving hospital is University Hospital, then it is simultaneously transmitted to the on-call Cardiologist. They review the prehospital ECG and contact the paramedics while still on scene, to make the determination of catheterization lab activation.
Once the patient is brought to the catheterization lab, the lab staff immediately take over patient care. The patient receives a medical screening exam (MSE) from a registered nurse, and the determination is made whether to treat the patient in the lab or return them to the emergency department for treatment.
This has dramatically reduced the amount of time patients wait for this lifesaving procedure, and ultimately saves countless lives in the Newark area each month.
Please click the link below to see the original publication regarding our program: