Upland Hills Health ER Earns Award for Heart Attack Treatment
The American Heart Association (AHA) recently recognized the Upland Hills Health Emergency Department with the 2022 Mission: Lifeline Gold Referral Plus Award, for achieving quality care metrics for treatment and referral of STEMI (heart attack) patients.
This recognition is based on 2021 quality care standards established by AHA for hospitals like Upland Hills Health that refer heart attack patients to hospitals that are equipped to provide heart procedures.
“Like most rural hospitals, we don’t have a cardiac catheterization lab. The AHA research has detailed the best way to care for these patients, while we coordinate transferring them to Madison hospitals to get them the in-depth care they need. Anyone who entered our ED with chest pain that was having a ST elevation MI (STEMI) on their EKG, was given the appropriate treatment protocols at Upland Hills Health, then transferred to the hospital cardiac catheterization labs in Madison within 90-120 minutes,” explained Patty Hinderman, R.N., Director of Emergency Services at Upland Hills Health.
The treatment measures that Upland Hills Health meets or exceeds include: administering aspirin at arrival and discharge, conducting a 12-lead ECG within 10 minutes of arrival, and sending the patient to a level one heart center in Madison within 30 minutes.