Havelock Fire and Rescue receives award

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM.

He said another improvement is that rescue personnel can transmit electrocardiograms directly to the hospital during their treatment of a patient.

“There are time limits when somebody’s having a heart attack,” Coffey said. “You have to have a 12-lead (electrocardiogram) done within the first 10 minutes that’s transmitted directly to the ER or the Cath Lab.”

Getting that vital information to heart doctors quickly allows them to prepare to treat a patient before he or she even arrives at the hospital, thus saving time. Quicker treatment can not only save lives, but also can save damage to organs through lack of blood flow.

“I think it’s less than 90 minutes from the time we see them until they are having an intervention done,” Coffey said. “That improves survivability and outcome and they leave with their brain intact. They leave able to function.”

This is the first year that the association has given out the awards, which are based on data gathered by rescue departments for one year.

Because Havelock is a relatively small community with fewer heart attack patients, the department was not eligible to receive the higher level silver or gold awards from the heart association, Coffey said.

“It’s bad to say, but we don’t have enough people having heart attacks to have met the silver or gold standard yet, so we had to settle for the bronze,” he said.

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