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New System At Plains Regional Medical Center Aims To Help Heart Attack Patients

Release Date:

March 23, 2015

CLOVIS, N.M. – Plains Regional Medical Center and the Clovis Fire/EMS Department have launched a new system to help heart attack patients.

The system, known as LIFENET, is the first web-based data network of its kind. LIFENET transmits emergent patient care information across organizations and equipment to deliver critical data to care teams at the speed needed to reduce time to treatment. For patients in Clovis who experience a heart attack known as STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction), time to treatment is critical.

“We are excited to have the ability to receive electrocardiograms in our emergency department directly from first responders in the field,” said Terri Marney, director of nursing, Plains Regional Medical Center. “We would not be able to offer the LIFENET System to the Clovis community without the partnership and support of the Clovis Fire/EMS Department.”

LIFENET, made by Physio-Control Inc., allows first responders to alert hospital care teams and provide them with critical patient data so they can quickly identify STEMI patients, determine where to route them for care and have staff prepared before the patient arrives, reducing time to treatment.

“LIFENET will help us reduce time to treatment for heart attack patients,” said Captain Karen Burns, Clovis Fire/EMS Department. “We look forward to working with Plains Regional Medical Center to provide this system to the Clovis community.”

The American Heart Association estimates that close to 400,000 people in the United States experience STEMI every year. Studies show that when the time to treatment is 90 minutes or less, patient outcomes significantly improve and hospital stays are shorter.

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About Clovis Fire/EMS Department:
The Clovis Fire Department has seen a lot of changes since it began operation on August 7, 1909. Today the name “Fire Department” does not begin to cover the many services that the Clovis Fire Department provides to the community. Public safety is now the business of our services and an “All Hazards Department” is more descriptive. Fire Departments all across America must now satisfy the changing needs of their community.

About Plains Regional Medical Center:
Plains Regional Medical Center has been managed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1975. Plains Regional Medical Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operate a hospital, cancer center, a primary care and specialty clinic, outpatient rehabilitation services and home healthcare and hospice services in Curry County. Plains Regional Medical Center is one of eight hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.

Press Contact:

Kerri Dufault
Communications Specialist
E-mail: kdufault@phs.org 
505-923-6593