Last weekend, our friends at Hudson Fire and our own Platte Valley medics started advanced cardiac life support on a patient out in the field. Working together, they were able to return circulation, stabilize, and transport the patient to the ER. Upon arrival, Dr. Stafford quickly realized the patient was having a heart attack and needed a Cardiac Cath procedure. Since it was the weekend and our Cath Lab was closed, we arranged for a transfer to Good Samaritan. The patient was ventilated needed a critical care team, with a nurse, during transport.
“We called every nearby agency, and they were all 30 minutes to an hour away. So instead of waiting, I went (as the nurse) with Platte Valley Ambulance,” explained House Supervisor and Nurse Andrea Moore. “I made the decision to go because I wanted our patient to get to the cath lab quickly to increase chances of recovery. And because our EMS crew was so willing to do the right thing, we were able to get to Good there within a reasonable amount of time.”
“Great teamwork and flexibility was demonstrated by many amazing associates during the care of this patient,” explains Vice President of Operations Kurt Gensert. “I am proud to work with a team who make unselfish, smart decisions every day keep our patients safe. There’s no doubt their quick actions were responsible for ensuring a safe transport.”
Congratulations to everyone involved for your quick actions.
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