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11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 11/16/2017 9:55:34 AM CENTRAL
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PCMH Recognized for Outstanding STEMI Care

Recently, Perry County Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department was recognized for Outstanding STEMI Care in 2017 by Saint Francis Medical Center.

STEMI stands for ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, which means a person is having a heart attack at that moment.  The state of Missouri has put into place what conditions are considered Time Critical Events.  A heart attack is one and means a patient needs to go to a Catheterization (Cath) or Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) lab promptly, which Saint Francis Medical Center has.

Saint Francis Medical Center recognized Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) for the entire process of STEMI care they provide to patients.  The process of care for a patient having a heart attack includes PCMH’s EMS team responding to the 911 call, bringing the patient into PCMH’s Emergency Department, then the Emergency Department providing care and diagnosis to the patient, followed by transportation to a Cath lab.  Additionally, PCMH is monitored for the amount of time it takes to recognize a person is having a heart attack. 

Perry County Memorial Hospital’s STEMI identification time has been impeccable averaging 4.63 minutes, which surpasses standards set forth by the American Heart Association.

Through these response times, if you are ever faced with an emergent medical situation such as a heart attack, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with PCMH caring for you.  Remember, it is vital to call 911 immediately if you are experiencing heart attack symptoms.  According to the American Heart Association, some heart attacks are sudden and intense.  However, many start slowly and include mild pain and discomfort.  The symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Pain or discomfort in chest
  • Lightheadedness, nausea, or vomiting
  • Jaw, neck, or back pain
  • Discomfort or pain in arm or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath

It cannot be emphasized enough how critical time is in situations such as these.  So, act fast and call 911.