Two Years into Program, Methodist Charlton Still Setting Records for Fast Heart Attack Care

charltonTwo years into its STEMI (ST-segment elevated myocardial infarction) program, Methodist Charlton Medical Center and local EMS providers continue to set records for fast heart attack care. “We have not only maintained some of the fastest door-to-balloon (D2B) times, which are far ahead of the national goal,” says Ingrid Kindipan, MSN, RN, CCRN, director of cardiology at Methodist Charlton. “Our average D2B time has continued to decrease, even as our volume of patients has increased. “Door-to-balloon (D2B) time is the time between the patient’s arrival in the emergency department and the opening of the blocked artery following a heart attack. Time is crucial to lessening the amount of cardiac muscle damage.

Methodist Charlton recently set a record for fast heart attack care with a D2B time of just 14 minutes. The national goal is 90 minutes. Methodist Charlton’s D2B average has continued to improve from 68 minutes in 2011, to 58 minutes in 2012, to 53 minutes in 2013, while serving a broader area extending south to Ellis and Navarro counties.

Pictured: A team that includes cardiology catheterization lab staff, physicians, and emergency department staff is responsible for record-setting heart attack care at Methodist Charlton.

“The STEMI program saves time and lives of heart attack patients,” says R. Dudley Wilcoxson, RNREMT-P, emergency medical services (EMS) liaison at Methodist Charlton. “EMS electronically sends an EKG to a physician in the emergency department who can confirm if the patient is experiencing a heart attack and activate the cardiac catheterization lab team before the patient arrives in the hospital, saving precious minutes.”

“I am extremely proud of our team of catheterization lab staff, physicians, and emergency department staff,” says Ingrid Kindipan, MSN, RN, CCRN, director of cardiology at Methodist Charlton. “Their commitment to excellence and quality patient care allows our patients to have the best outcomes. We continue to set new records for our door to balloon times because of the continued collaboration and teamwork among our staff and our partnership with local emergency medical services.”

The cardiology team at Methodist Charlton has been named a top performer for heart attack care by the Dallas County STEMI System of Care. During the third quarter of 2012, Methodist Charlton ranked No. 1 in door-to-balloon (D2B) average in the county. Also, out of the top D2B performers, Methodist Charlton holds eight of the fastest times, and 4 of the top 10. Methodist Charlton is one of only 197 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry®–GWTG™ Platinum Performance Achievement Award, which recognizes a hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. Methodist Charlton also has a SOAR rate (Symptom Onset to Arterial Reperfusion) that is among the top 5 percent of hospitals in Dallas County.

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Lynette Wilkinson