User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


33° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Mission: Lifeline To Help Heart Attack Patients

November 4, 2010, 5:13 PM by Kelli Grant

Mission: Lifeline To Help Heart Attack Patients
SIOUX FALLS, SD - When someone is having a heart attack, time is precious. In fact, if blood and oxygen are cut off for more than a few minutes, heart muscle cells start to die.

Earlier this year, the American Heart Association received $8.4 million from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable trust. It's money they're using to support a new initiative called Mission: Lifeline. And if you have a heart attack, those dollars are there to improve your outcome.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in this country have what's known as a STEMI.

"STEMI is an ST elevated MI and in layman's terms that just means a really bad heart attack. And if we don't intervene either with angioplasty and a stent placement or a medication to break up the clot, a lot of those patient's don't survive," Director of Mission: Lifeline in South Dakota Jodi Doering said.

When a patient suffers this severe of a heart attack, blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart and time is muscle.

That's where a 12-lead ECG machine comes into play. In an ambulance in route to a hospital, a patient's heart can be viewed in 12 different ways. That can then be transmitted directly to the hospital waiting for the patient, giving doctors and nurses a heads up when that critical patient arrives.

"When people have long transport times, we'll be able to activate helicopters, ground ambulances 20, 30, 60 minutes ahead of what we're going right now," Doering said.

The multi-million dollar gift will make sure every ambulance in the state has one of these machines on board.

Because it is new to some, on Thursday, 120 nurses, EMTs, physicians and anyone else that works with heart attack patients received education needed to provide this level of care.

"We're providing education that takes the patient from their chest pain when they call 911, all the way through to their cath lab and every part in between," Doering said.

The three-year $8.4 million grant will also be used for hospital training and for a public education campaign.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Party Leads To 37 Cited For Underage Consumption In Hayti

1/18/2015 5:30 PM

37 teenagers between the ages of 14 to 18 were cited for Underage Consumption in the South Dakota town.

Full Story
Ice Rink Crash Captured On Video

1/22/2015 9:03 AM

Corey Mitchell was watching his 4-year-old son Carson skate at the Scheel's IcePlex this week when he captured an unexpected crash.

Full Story
Drugs And Runaway Teen Found In SF Home

1/21/2015 6:00 PM

Eight people have been charged following a month-long drug investigation in Sioux Falls.

Full Story | Watch
Luke Bryan Coming To Sioux Falls May 9

1/19/2015 10:01 AM

Bryan will be joined by country performers Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch.

Full Story
8 Arrested In Sioux Falls Drug Investigation

1/21/2015 11:26 AM

The warrant was issued after police got a tip in December about possible drug activity at the home located near Cliff Avenue and Interstate 229.

Full Story


Events