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CITY PARTNERS WITH THE QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTER

TO IMPROVE CARDIAC CARE ON OAHU 

 

          The City’s Emergency Medical Services Division has partnered with the Queen’s Medical Center to implement an innovative tool to assist emergency cardiac patients on Oahu.   

 

The new procedure will now allow paramedics to send wireless transmissions of specific types of electrocardiograms (EKG) directly to the emergency department prior to the patient’s arrival.

 

 “The pre-hospital transmission of an EKG directly to the emergency department is another tool that may help improve the outcome of cardiac patients," said Dr. Elizabeth Char, Emergency Services Department Director.  “Minutes count when treating patient’s with certain types of heart attacks and this is another tool to lessen the time to definitive treatment.”

 

The Queen’s Medical Center is the first hospital to partner with the City’s Emergency Medical Services Division on this project.  The Queen’s Medical Center also gifted the City with both the hardware and software needed to complete these wireless transmissions.

 

            “The City would like to thank the Queen’s Medical Center for purchasing and providing all the necessary equipment needed to implement this innovative and potentially life-saving process,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “It is through partnerships like these that allows the City to continually ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community. “

 

 

Contact:

Bryan Cheplic, HESD PIO, 723-7814

 

Friday, May 30, 2008

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