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TRMC recognized for decrease in "door-to-needle" time for cardiac patients

The American Heart and Stroke Association presented Trinitas Regional Medical Center Mobile ICU with the 2016 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Gold Award. Recipients of this award are recognized for their speed and coordination in moving a patient in cardiac arrest from their home to the emergency room. Trinitas' commitment to quality and coordinated patient care has evolved to include the Elizabeth Fire Department to better service their population.

The goal of Mission: Lifeline is to save more lives by connecting first responders with hospitals and other health care providers and creating a seamless transition of resources from home to hospital. The joint effort between the Trinitas Mobile ICU department and the local fire department is a prime example of how innovative colloboration is saving lives.

According to Gerard Muench, Director of Pre-Hospital Services, "in the past, 'door-to-needle' time was used as an indicator of quality patient care. However, now the clock starts when EMS first arrives on the scene."

"Door to needle" time is a term used to reflect the amount of time it takes for a patient to be transported from their home to their local hospital receiving treatment. An example of how this time is being decreased is that paramedics now transmit a 12 Lead EKG to the Emergency Department Physician in advance of arrival at the hospital, according to Muench.

Collaboration among pre-hospital and hospital providers is the essence of Mission: Lifeline. The American Heart Association recognizes the vital importance emergency medical system providers have to the overall success of Mission: Lifeline and other similar systems. The Trinitas Mobile ICU program is driving improvements in care and outcomes for these patients in the greater Elizabeth community and raising the bar for emergency medical system providers.


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: February 2, 2017

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