Critical Care Skills Fair: Heart Attack

October 5th, 2017

Oct. 3, 2017 — One might assume a hospital would be the safest place to have a heart attack, but across the country heart attacks that occur outside the hospital are less likely to be fatal. JPS has taken aim at that counterintuitive phenomenon, redesigning procedures to speed up diagnosis and treatment.

Chest Pain Program Coordinator Beth Reed

Chest Pain Program Coordinator Beth Reed presents new protocol at the Critical Care Skills Fair.

Protocol new this year arms nurses with a Chest Pain Standing Order Set, allowing them to start diagnostic testing sooner for patients having chest pain. Standing orders eliminate the time it takes to contact a physician and have that doctor order tests, allowing treatment to begin sooner.

New standing orders were among nearly three dozen topics covered at Nursing’s Critical Care Skills Fair in the Patient Care Pavilion, a two-day event that reviews current best-practices and recent innovations in care.

A 2015 study published in the American Medical Association (JAMA) found the mortality rate for patients whose heart attacks happened in the hospital was three times higher than for patients who arrived in the E.R. with chest pain. Research since then suggests mortality may be reduced by cutting time to diagnosis and treatment.

Scenes from the Critical Care Skills Fair

Scenes from the Critical Care Skills Fair

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