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.