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August 1, 2010

US Hospital Installs Lifenet System to Cut Heart Attack Treatment Time

El Camino Hospital in California, US, has deployed Medtronic's Lifenet System to improve treatment time for heart attack victims. Lifenet is used with local emergency personnel to wirelessly transmit a patient's electrocardiogram (ECG) information from the ambulance to El Camino's emer

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El Camino Hospital in California, US, has deployed Medtronic’s Lifenet System to improve treatment time for heart attack victims.

Lifenet is used with local emergency personnel to wirelessly transmit a patient’s electrocardiogram (ECG) information from the ambulance to El Camino’s emergency department.

The information is then transmitted to a cardiologist’s email or smart phone, allowing the doctor to see the results and take action accordingly.

Lifenet also provides information on when a patient needs blood flow restored to the heart muscle and, in cases where the patient is suffering from a ST elevation myocardial infarction, allows preparations at the catheterisation lab in advance. This reduces the hospital’s door-to-balloon time by several minutes.

The device has also been installed on Mountain View Fire Department and American Medical Services vehicles with trained emergency responders.

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