Published on April 04, 2014

Nazareth Launches LIFENET System

Network to Help Improve Heart Attack Patient Outcomes

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 4, 2014): In a continued effort to improve heart attack patient outcomes, Nazareth Hospital recently launched The LIFENET System — a web-based data network that offers emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital staff tools to work together to help improve clinical and operational efficiencies.

LIFENET is a state-of-the-art, easy-to-use system designed to connect EMS teams and hospital personnel with real-time patient data. The system enables paramedics to alert hospital care teams and provide them with critical patient data so they can quickly identify STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) patients, determine where to route them for care and have staff prepared before the patient arrives.

The goal of implementing LIFENET at Nazareth Hospital is to reduce time to treatment, known as door-to-balloon time, for patients in Northeast Philadelphia who experience a dangerous type of heart attack known as STEMI. STEMI poses a serious threat to the heart muscle and can result in death or serious disability.

The more quickly patients receive treatment, including balloon angioplasty and stent placement in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab, the more likely they are to have a positive outcome. Door-to-balloon time is the timeframe when the patient first arrives at the hospital to balloon catheter inflation within their blocked artery. A shorter door-to-balloon time means the patient has a greater chance of surviving.

“The LIFENET System will help us reduce time to treatment for STEMI patients,” said Dr. George Hobbib, director of Emergency Medicine for Nazareth Hospital. “Studies show that time from onset of symptoms to treatment is critical to improving survival and outcomes for these patients. Having this new system will enable us to better meet the guideline of treatment as recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.” 

About Nazareth Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Nazareth Hospital is fully equipped to receive and care for STEMI patients 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab capabilities include:
• Interventional Cardiologist coverage 24 hours per day, 7 days a week

• 24 hours per day, 7 days a week availability of diagnostic and interventional (angioplasty/stent placement) cardiac catheterization services

• 24 hours per day, 7 days a week availability of balloon pump insertion

• ALS ambulance activation of Cardiac Catheterization Lab via Haste

• No diversion to STEMI patients