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University Plays Host to EMS Educational Seminar September 4, 2009

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Erica C. Cline at 706/828-2225.

University Plays Host to EMS Educational Seminar

Sept. 3, 2009 (AUGUSTA, GA) – Twenty regional emergency medical service personnel visited University Hospital on Thursday, Aug. 20, for a STEMI Educational Seminar and Tour of University’s Heart & Vascular Institute.

A STEMI is a ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, or heart attack. It indicated that the attack may be the result of a blockage that requires opening.

The seminar was designed to give regional EMS personnel an overview of University’s Heart and Vascular services, which include a wide range of diagnostic testing capabilities, treatments and surgery options.

“We want to help EMS better identify and rapidly assess heart attacks in the field and get those patients in the door for the state-of-the-art care they can receive here at the Heart & Vascular Institute,” said Teresa Waters, Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services at University Hospital.

The current national standard for door-to-balloon time for interventional heart procedures is 90 minutes. University is currently able to provide patients with potentially life-saving interventions within 75 minutes.

“Our goal here at University is to be within the top 10 percent of hospitals in the country for door-to-balloon for our patients,” Ms. Waters said.

Ten University emergency department and Heart & Vascular Institute staff members were on hand during the conference to answer questions and provide additional information.

During the conference, the following breakout sessions were presented:

  • STEMI Case presented by Dr. Kraig Wangsnes, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist
  • Importance of Open Heart in AMI Patients presented by Dr. Michael Watts, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • ER Door-to Balloon Experience at University Hospital presented by Dr. Ryan Johnson, Emergency Medicine



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