To ensure East Valley residents who suffer a heart attack receive the best medical treatment as quickly as possible, we operate a comprehensive Cardiac Alert program.
Aimed at treating heart attack patients within 90 minutes of arrival at the hospital, the Cardiac Alert program is a partnership between:
- The Emergency department (ED) at Banner Baywood Medical Center
- Banner Heart Hospital cardiology physicians
- East Valley Emergency Medical Service (EMS) paramedics
Through the program, individuals experiencing chest pain call 911. Responding EMS paramedics with advanced training in interpreting electrocardiograms assess the patient and fax a report from the field to the ED at Banner Baywood. They confirm the report over the phone with an ED physician before calling the Acute Cardiac Transfer/Acceptance telephone line at Banner Heart Hospital to activate a Cardiac Alert.
Once an alert is activated, hospital admitting staff begins processing patient information while personnel from the catheterization laboratory at Banner Heart Hospital begin preparing for the patient.
Within minutes of arrival at Banner Baywood, the patient is quickly moved through the ED and taken to the catheterization lab to have their artery opened and treatment provided.
Through the program, we often exceed the national standard set by the American College of Cardiology to treat patients within 90 minutes of their arrival. In many cases, our “door to balloon” time is less than one hour.