"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Treat Heart Attack Patients More Rapidly

Yesterday, throughout the media was the announcement of the improvement from 2005 of 90 minutes for the average patient to have an angioplasty, a procedure to unblock a clogged artery, to 64 minutes in 2010.  WMHS for FY' 11 was at 68 minutes.  The 60-minute plus time frame was thought to be unachievable 5 years ago by the experts.  Hospitals, including WMHS, are now far exceeding the 60- minute time frame.  Aiding WMHS has been the ability for EMS to activate the Cath Lab from the field.  Don't you just love process improvement initiatives?

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