Cardiologists have a common saying, ‘time is muscle.’ During a heart attack, damage to the heart can occur in mere minutes. For patients with atypical symptoms, advanced equipment plays a key role in determining a diagnosis – when every second counts.
The impetus to care for cardiac patients as quickly as possible was the reason for a new protocol at St. David’s South Austin Hospital, a part of St. David’s HealthCare, in Austin, Texas, USA. The hospital took a giant leap forward when it implemented four innovative Stratus® CS Acute Care™ Diagnostic Systems right in its busy Emergency Department (ED) to test for cardiac biomarkers.
Both patients and the hospital benefit from quicker time to medical diagnosis and improved clinical workflow. With the Stratus CS systems, troponin and other cardiac biomarker test results are available in only 14 to 17 minutes, compared to previous timeframes of 45 minutes to an hour when blood was sent to the central laboratory. “With reduced time to decision, we are able to initiate therapies much more quickly,” says Chief Medical Officer Steve Berkowitz, MD. “Those extra minutes can be the difference of life or death for a patient with heart disease.”
Today, patients and payers alike are demanding higher quality and more efficient health care. Expedited high-sensitivity1 testing in the ED with Siemens Stratus CS systems leads to unprecedented results – improving efficiency, buying valuable time, and making a difference to patients.
1 Defined by the ESC/ACC/AHA/WHF committee as an imprecision level of ≤10 percent at the 99th percentile of normal.
2 Results may vary. Data on file.