“Area residents can be confident they will receive top level cardiac care in Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics Emergency Department,” said Lisa Massen, Emergency Department Manager. “We consistently meet state and national standards in providing appropriate cardiac care for patients.”
That’s good news considering heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The month of February is American Heart Month, an opportunity for individuals to learn more about heart disease including prevention, risk factors, symptoms and the level of care available locally.
“Moundview is committed to providing exceptional emergency care to all of our patients,” said Don Heinz, CEO at Moundview. “Patients expect and deserve quality care, safety and customer service and those are our goals at Moundview. One of the ways we are able to measure quality and patient satisfaction is by comparing ourselves to others in the industry through numerous quality measures and surveys.”
According to Maureen Bruce, Quality Director at Moundview, the most recent statistics show 100% of Moundview’s cardiac patients receive aspirin on arrival in the emergency department compared to 96.7% of patients state-wide and 97% nationally. The benchmark is 100%. Moundview also consistently meets or exceeds national cardiac care standards of performing an EKG (a test that measures the heart’s electrical activity) within ten minutes of the patient’s emergency room arrival and providing clot busting drugs within 30 minutes.
“It’s important for cardiac patients to receive medical care in a timely manner,” said Charles Pratt, MD, Emergency Department Medical Director at Moundview. “It can mean the difference between life or death. Not all heart attacks begin with chest pain. The symptoms vary from person to person. Common symptoms include: chest pain or discomfort (such as tightness, pressure, or fullness); difficulty breathing; pain radiating to the shoulders, arms or jaw; nausea or heartburn; cold sweats; dizziness or light-headedness; and unusual fatigue. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately and wait for the ambulance. Don’t try to drive yourself to the emergency room.”
“Emergency responders are typically on the scene within 5-10 minutes gathering patient information, taking vitals and performing basic treatments”, said Jarrad Jungenberg, Operations Manager for Adams County Emergency Services (ACES). “When the ambulance arrives minutes later, the emergency medical technicians are able to run an EKG to determine if the patient is having a cardiac event. They then call to discuss the results with the emergency room physician who determines the best course of action including whether a helicopter transport will be needed. The patient is able to receive an initial diagnosis and be treated before they even reach the hospital which improves their chance for recovery.”
While time is of the essence when someone is having a heart attack, prevention is the key to avoiding one in the first place.
“It’s important to eat healthy, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, quit smoking, limit alcohol use and control your risk factors in order to avoid heart disease,” said John David, MD, internist at Moundview’s Family Clinic in Friendship. “I recommend that all adults get a health checkup at least once a year. Your healthcare provider can check for conditions that put you at risk for heart disease such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes. They can also discuss your family’s health history to help you better understand your risks.”
For more information on heart disease and hospital services, visit Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinic’s website at www.moundview.org. To schedule an annual physical at Moundview, call the Friendship Clinic at (608) 339-6350 or Westfield Clinic at (608) 296-6350.
To increase awareness of heart disease, Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics staff are wearing “American Heart Month” shirts during the month of February. Pictured wearing the shirts are members of the hospital’s emergency department staff. Front, left to right: Lisa Massen RN, Emergency Department Manager; Jenna Boyles CNA; and Stephaney Bredl, CNA. Back row left to right: Jill Jasinski, RN; David Lytie, RN; Dr. Charles Pratt, Emergency Department Medical Director; and Jessica Wagner, RN. Full-time emergency department staff not pictured include: Terry Patterson, RN; Kristin Martinson, RN; Angie Meyer, RN; Christina Lamb, Graduate Nurse; Carol Hall,RN, , and Sam Parrott CNA.