City of Goodyear, Arizona
Immediate Release: May 27, 2009
Goodyear Fire and West Valley Hospital
team up to save lives
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (May 27, 2009) ? A new emergency network using the
latest technology is helping the Goodyear Fire Department and West Valley Hospital beat the clock when responding to one of the most serious types of heart
month, Goodyear Fire Department paramedics and other EMS partners in the area
helped more than 50 patients receive the care they needed nearly 20 percent
faster than national guidelines recommend.
53 patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions, or STEMI, were
transported to West Valley Hospital, where they received procedures in the cath
lab. The average time between arriving at the Emergency Room and reaching
cardiac catheterization lab where a tiny balloon was used to open the blocked
artery ? often called the ?door-to-balloon-time? -- was just 71 minutes. That?s
nearly 20 percent faster than the 90-minute national guideline recommended by
the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
an exceptionally dangerous type of heart attack that involves one or more of
the arteries in the heart becoming blocked, usually when a bit of plaque breaks
off. When this happens, oxygen can?t reach the heart and the cells begin to
starve and die. The clogged artery must be opened fast, and every minute
acute care facility, West Valley Hospital regularly treats patients with this
type of cardiac condition. The STEMI sends out an electrical signal that can be
detected by an electrocardiogram. The EKG can be administered while
transporting the patient to the hospital.
technology is great because it gives us the ability to really maximize the care
we can provide for our patients,? said Paul Luizzi, deputy fire chief with the
Goodyear Fire Department.
57-year-old patient who was short of breath, complaining of chest pains and had
a family history of heart disease was recently taken by ambulance to West Valley Hospital, the Goodyear Fire Department paramedics wasted no time putting the
new protocol into practice.
started the EKG, which immediately sent vital information from heart monitors
and cell phones directly to West Valley Hospital. Using Bluetooth technology,
critical information went straight to the Emergency Department. There, it was
received by a nurse who began the ?chest pain rapid response? before the
patient even arrived at the ambulance bay.
approach can shave as much as 20 minutes off the ?door-to-balloon time? gold
standard of 90 minutes, the
national guideline developed by the American College of Cardiology and the
American Heart Association.
?At West Valley Hospital, we?re able to receive information on
potential cardiac patients before they even enter the emergency department,?
said Noreen Vanca, director of emergency services. ?Receiving EKGs from our
Goodyear Fire emergency medical service partners from the field greatly impacts
our door-to-balloon times.?
these are helping hospitals trim their door-to-balloon time, by nearly 20
percent in many cases. The time patients spend in the field or in an ambulance being
cared for by EMS personnel is also a vital part of that chain of care, which is
why strong communication with first responders is so important.
?This partnership between the hospital and community enables
patients to receive care more quickly and efficiently, helping to save heart
muscle during a heart attack,? Vanca said.
West Valley Hospital?West Valley Hospital is a 164-bed, acute care community hospital located in Goodyear, Arizona. From state-of-the-art obstetrics and a full-service emergency department, to
medical and surgical services, cardiovascular and intensive care, West Valley Hospital is dedicated to meeting the greatest needs in our communities by
providing the most comprehensive healthcare available. With exceptional people
providing exceptional patient care, West Valley Hospital is fully accredited by
the Joint Commission.