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Cardiac Alert System

We’ve integrated our diagnostic, medical and surgical specialty services to offer a comprehensive cardiology program, the largest and most progressive in the area, that benefits the entire Southeast Texas region. Our Cardiac Alert Program ensures that medical personnel can evaluate and prepare to treat heart attack patients before the emergency vehicle arrives at the hospital. This multidisciplinary approach includes:

  • Rapid-response cardiac assessment procedures.
  • Diagnostic and interventional cardiology.
  • Electrophysiology.
  • Cardiothoracic surgery and related cardiac procedures.
  • Critical care nursing and therapy.
  • Dedicated cardiothoracic surgery facilities with special cardiology surgical suites and cardiac intensive care units (CICU).

Our proactive and responsive, Cardiac Alert program can immediately address patient symptoms and potentially life-threatening effects even before a patient arrives at the Emergency Department. To accomplish this objective, our staff introduced new processes in tandem with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to accelerate superior cardiac care:

  • Paramedics are trained to send electrocardiogram (EKG) reports - records of the electrical currents associated with heart muscle activity - to the hospital while in transit. Use of specific checklists for identified medical actions based on patient condition and history also helps expedite care at the hospital level.
  • This information prepares the Cardiac Alert team, cardiologist, catheterization lab and other staff to treat heart attack patients.
  • A streamlined check-in process at the hospital can also reduce or eliminate the time the patient spends in the actual emergency room before being sent directly to the appropriate medical departments.

Live-saving Results

With our Cardiac Alert program, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth is far superior to national averages for related response times, according to the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a nonprofit medical association that maintains current cardiac statistics.

The established benchmark is 90 minutes (national average is 120 minutes). CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth averages only 57 minutes total response time per incident – mortality rates have also dropped to just two percent since this program’s inception.