Time is muscle when it comes to a patient experiencing a heart attack. Every minute matters from the time a heart attack patient calls 911 until he or she is treated at a hospital and enters rehabilitation. Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital displayed its commitment to providing excellence in care to the Downriver region with a donation of portable 12-lead electrocardiogram (EKG) devices to three Downriver fire departments. Firefighters and emergency response personnel from Allen Park, Lincoln Park and Wyandotte are now equipped with LifePak 15 monitor/defibrillator devices courtesy of the Hospital and its gift shop, staffed by Volunteer Auxiliary.
The new EKG devices allow emergency responders and hospital staff to provide quicker and more efficient care to heart attack patients.
“The better the communication between the emergency response team, the hospital and our cardiology staff, the better outcome there is for the patient,” says Thomas McKeown, M.D., medical director of the Emergency Department at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. “This donation is just another example of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s commitment to the Downriver community and the partnerships we have with our local fire departments.”
Fire departments are now able to perform pre-hospital EKGs and electronically transmit the results directly to hospital ER and on-call cardiologists’ mobile devices. Upon review of the EKG, the hospital will mobilize its cardiac catheterization team in advance of the patient’s arrival to the emergency room.
“With our current budget cuts, we would not be able to invest in updating our technology,” says Michael MacDonald, chief of the Wyandotte Fire Department. “We are very thankful to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s generous donation. These devices will definitely improve patient care across the board.”