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.