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State-of-the-Art Technology Speeds Heart Attack Diagnosis

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  • Govtech
  • 2 years ago

City of Roseville, Calif., ECG equipment

Paramedics and doctors in Roseville, Calif., are using electrocardiogram-transmitting technology to cut an average of 20 minutes off of the time it takes from when a patient enters a hospital until doctors provide life-saving intervention.

The state-of-the art technology allows paramedics to wirelessly transmit 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) results, or information from 12 angles of the heart’s electrical system, to one of two specially designated hospitals where emergency room doctors and cardiologists can assess a patient’s heart condition before arrival.

“This greases the wheels,” said Vicki Wolf, nurse educator for the Roseville Fire Department. “It gets things moving much, much faster.”

 

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