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New Technology Saves Heart Attack Patients

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Chances of surviving a heart attack are now better in St. Louis.

Barnes Jewish Hospital Registered Nurse Nelda Martin says EMS crews now have the ability to transmit EKG information from an ambulance to a hospital.

It allows emergency personnel to activate the catheterization lab team from the field rather than waiting until a patient arrives at the hospital.

She says prior to the new technology it took on average 64 minutes to open a blocked artery.  Now, she says, it’s taking less than 40 minutes.

Donations from the American Heart Association, the St. Louis Fire Department, the Emergency Nurses Association and a number of businesses that made the new technology possible.

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