DeTar's cardiac program receives national accreditation

Elena Watts By Elena Watts

June 26, 2013 at 1:26 a.m.

DeTar Hospital Navarro has earned accreditation as a receiving center for patients with severe heart attacks.

It is the first hospital in Victoria to earn the endorsement, which is shared by 25 facilities nationwide, according to the latest report.

"The American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation has highlighted our accomplishments and will improve the overall treatment and care for our patients," said William R. Blanchard, chief executive officer of DeTar Healthcare System.

The program recognizes facilities that educate patients about early heart attack symptoms, reduce the time it takes to give life-saving treatment and increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

With the assistance of referring hospitals in surrounding towns and emergency medical service providers, DeTar's average door-to-reperfusion time, 50 minutes, is lower than the national goal of 90 minutes or less.

Door-to-reperfusion refers to the amount of time it takes a hospital to get a patient experiencing a heart attack from the emergency department doors to the cardiac catheterization lab where blood flow to the heart is restored.

Care systems for Golden Crescent cardiac patients have been in place for about three years, while systems for area trauma patients have been in place since the late 1980s, said Donna Oldmixon, cardiac educator at DeTar.

Emergency medical service workers can now administer 12-lead electrocardiograms on the side of the road or in someone's living room and send reports to the hospital via the Internet, Oldmixon said.

They can determine complete blockage of blood flow to the heart and deliver those patients in surrounding counties directly to DeTar, bypassing area hospitals that do not have necessary treatment equipment.

The advance notice allows doctors to travel to the hospital and personnel to prepare for the emergency before the patient arrives, she said.

The hospital was also reaccredited as a chest pain center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care in June.

"When someone is experiencing a heart attack, the important thing to remember is time is heart muscle," Oldmixon said.



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