New EMS Test Will Help Heart Attack Victims In Muscatine
When someone is experiencing a heart attack it is important to act quickly in an effort to save a life.
The sooner one can help, the better the chances of survival. Now Muscatine first responders are doing something that can positively identify is someone is having a heart attack or not.
Paramedics will give patients a blood test on the scene if they show signs of heart attack. The EMS crew says the blood test is much more accurate that an EKG test.
The results from the test can help doctors determine a patients needs before they arrive at the hospital. The crew says doing the test won't slow them down, or prevent them from helping the patient.
"We're actually multitasking. So, while this test is working, we're able to treat the patient accordingly," said Aaron Meredith. "Drugs, heart monitor, oxygen and transporting to the appropriate facility."
The first responders have been using the test for a few weeks already.
They are the first in the state of Iowa to do it. The department is paying for it through a $10-thousand grant.