The popular HeartStart line of defibrillators from Philips is getting a nice addition to its lineup. The company is now profiling its HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator that sports the ability for paramedics to transmit patient data from the ambulance to the hospital’s ER en route.
Upon reception of the data at the hospital, clinicians can use the ECG data to begin assessing what treatment the incoming patient will need. By allowing a hospital to begin organizing its resources before the patient arrives, the MRx can help reduce the time to treatment.
“As soon as a heart attack occurs, the heart muscle starts to die. That’s why reducing the time between heart attack and treatment has been proven to have a big impact on a patient’s long-term recovery”, commented Joris van den Hurk, vice president of cardiology care cycles for Philips Medical Systems. “As a result, the American College of Cardiology, in partnership with the American Heart Association and other organizations around the world, has launched the ‘Door to Balloon’ campaign. It aims to reduce the amount of time from the arrival of the patient at the hospital to angioplasty to 90 minutes or less.”
In addition to transmitting ECG data to the hospital prior to the patients’ arrival, the HeartStart MRx integrates seamlessly with the hospital’s ECG management system TraceMasterVue, enabling critical patient information to be seen where it’s needed — even in the Catheterization (Cath) Lab.
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