Life-Saving Care Honored by Central EMS

July 15, 2016
WASHINGTON, Mo. - Doctors and nurses save lives each and every day, it goes with the job. But recently, several Mercy co-workers and doctors were recognized by the East Central EMS Committee for their life-saving care. Those recognized include Mercy Clinic interventional cardiologist Dr. Michael Wood, Craig Elbert, special procedures technologist, and Janice Reeves, RN, along with Gerald EMS.

Gerald EMS brought the patient to Mercy Hospital Washington from 27 miles away. En route, a codeSTEMI was activated. Upon arrival, the patient was quickly moved to the cardiac catheterization lab where Dr. Wood opened a left main coronary artery blockage of 100 percent with assistance from Craig Elbert, special procedures technologist, and Janice Reeves, RN. During the procedure, the patient was defibrillated several more times after regressing into ventricular fibrillation, or irregular heart rhythm.

The time from the first field contact until the blockage was opened and blood flow restored was 48 minutes. It was just 11 minutes after entering Mercy Hospital Washington to balloon time and restoration of blood flow by removing the blockage. The patient was released from the hospital with nearly 100 percent function.

 

Recently recognized for their life-saving work: Craig Elbert, Mercy Cath Lab, Jacob Boedy, EMS, Dr. Michael Wood, Mercy Clinic Heart and Vascular, Joshua Lottmann, EMS, and Janice Reeves, RN, Mercy Cath Lab.

Recently recognized for their life-saving work: Craig Elbert, Mercy Cath Lab, Jacob Boedy, EMS, Dr. Michael Wood, Mercy Clinic Heart and Vascular, Joshua Lottmann, EMS, and Janice Reeves, RN, Mercy Cath Lab.

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