Behind the scenes video from the Code STEMI web series

Some excellent behind the scenes video has been posted for the Code STEMI Web Series (my special project with First Responders Network).

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Mayme Lou Roettig RN, MSN and Chris Granger, MD from Duke University (RACE program North Carolina) explain how first responders are a critical part of the early management of acute STEMI. “Things are shifting more and more into paramedics playing the key role in providing the initiation of these time-dependent processes for improving care.”

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Michael Hibbard, M.D. talks about the importance of technology in maximizing the benefit of the prehospital 12-lead ECG. Many patients have baseline abnormalities such as bundle branch blocks, conduction defects, or persistent ST-elevation from previous heart attacks. “It’s a lot easier to determine going from normal to abnormal than to determine abnormal to more abnormal.”

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Jodi Doering, R.N. from Mission: Lifeline South Dakota shares what it's like helping build regional systems of care in a rural state. "This is such a once in a lifetime opportunity which is why I'm in this role. I live in a rural environment. I live 40 miles from the nearest Critical Access Hospital and about 120 miles from the nearest PCI facility. This is me. This is my family. We need to have not only plan A but plan B and plan C in South Dakota."

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STEMI survivor Forrest “Mick” Stanton encourages a neighbor to get his chest discomfort checked out and saves his life. "They were calling for the air ambulance and took him to the heart hospital in Sioux Falls. He got home 2-3 days ago. A triple bypass he had. His main artery — his widow maker artery — was so closed up they said there was probably no more than a hair's width — the width of a hair — left in that." 

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Arthur Reba, M.D. F.A.C.C. talks about the problem of patient delay in seeking treatment for acute myocardial infarction and the importance of considering total ischemic time. "We know why people delay but how do we get this message out? Public education campaigns have not been very effective…We need a very innovative way." 

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Lt. Stuart Debrowsky and Lt. Steve Worden talk about Dearborn Fire Department, what it's like to walk in your father's footsteps, and their commitment to being good at both EMS and fire suppression. "Nobody here got hired saying, 'You're a great paramedic don't worry about that fire stuff' or 'you're big enough to carry the truck around the block don't worry about that medical stuff'. From day one when you put that patch on your shoulder you're expected to have a high standard in both fields." 

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National Director for AHA Mission: Lifeline Chris Bjerke, R.N., B.S.N. talks about the American Heart Association and evidence-based care for acute STEMI. "Not all patients can go directly for primary PCI to open up that blood vessel which is what they really need. So for those patients that are located where they can't get to primary PCI within that recommended timeframe — which just went from 90 minutes to 120 minutes — what we want our facilities to do is look at those patients and determine if they would be eligible to receive fibrinolytics." 

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Interventional cardiologist Tim Henry talks about the state-wide STEMI system in Minnesota. "What we've shown with this program is by having a standardized protocols and individualized transfer plans for that community and that hospital, you can effectively transfer patients up to distances of 210 miles away with outcomes that are identical for those patients who present to that PCI hospital itself."


The premier episode of the Code STEMI web series

made its debut at EMS Today 2012 in Baltimore!

Click HERE to watch Episode 1

See also: 

Ted and Tom discuss the Code STEMI Web Series on the MedicCast from EMS Today 2012 (Video)

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