From the Ambulance to Your Hospital Bedside, Mon General Hospital is ready with 24-Hour Emergency Cardiac Care.
When a heart attack strikes every second counts
. The sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage there is to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient. Emergency and Cardiac teams must be coordinated to work together 24/7 to save precious time.
This is what it means to be the only hospital in North Central West Virginia
with full Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
. Accreditation ensures that Mon General Hospital meets or exceeds quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.
Here’s how it works:
At Mon General, emergency cardiac care begins the second you call 911 and a Mon EMS ambulance is dispatched. Once on the scene, paramedics trained in advanced life support connect the patient to a 12 lead EKG. This device measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat and helps medical personnel determine if a heart attack has occurred. This information is transmitted directly to the hospital.
Upon arrival at the Mon General Emergency Department, the protocol-driven approach to patient management continues. Patients are assessed, diagnosed and treated quickly, reducing the arrival-to-treatment time during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective.
Thanks to quick diagnosis in the field, the Cardiac Cath Lab team is already aware of a potential candidate for advanced cardiac care. In most cases, the patient is sent straight to the Cath Lab for treatment. PCI, more commonly known as angioplasty, is a procedure performed in the hospital’s Cardiac Cath Labs to open narrowed arteries in the heart with balloon angioplasty or stents.