According to the American Heart Association, “STEMI” is an abbreviation for “ST-elevation myocardial infarction,” the most critical heart attack. It is caused by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply that affects a large area of the heart. Almost 400,000 people suffer from a STEMI heart attack each year, which carries a substantial risk of death and disability. Thousands of patients with STEMI fail to receive critical treatment in a timely fashion; some do not receive the care they need at all.
Best-Practice STEMI Protocol Guides St. Joseph's Staff for Severe Heart Attacks
St. Joseph’s works with local emergency medical services (EMS) providers to ensure that the STEMI Protocol of care is in place as soon as possible when a heart attack is suspected. This means EMS personnel will begin transmitting the patient’s EKG and other information about their heart condition to St. Joseph’s Emergency Care Center as soon as possible upon arrival at the scene. Based on the information they receive, the St. Joseph’s ECC staff will advise EMS regarding which hospital is right for the patient’s needs – St. Joseph’s or Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.