Can Portable Medical Visualization Reduce Your Door-to-Balloon Time For Patients?

April 01, 2015

Medical Visualization at the patient’s side Did you know?

  • Thirty percent of deaths worldwide are from Coronary Artery Disease
  • Every 25 seconds an American will have an Acute Coronary Event
  • Every minute one American will die from this event
  • Reducing a patient’s door-to-balloon time improves mortality and is a CMS quality metric
  • Out of Hospital ECG and advance notification is associated with a 39% reduction in short-term mortality and improves door-to-balloon and door-to-needle times

Could your cath lab be prepared faster if the following was completed during transport?

  • Perform and transmit ECG results
  • Perform and transmit cardiac ultrasound for remote diagnosis

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