September 1, 2015 – Providing Regionalized Care for Heart Emergencies Would Save Lives
Each year, the number of deaths in the state due to cardiovascular emergencies approaches 30,000. Although advanced treatments such as angioplasty, “clot-busting” drugs, or whole-body cooling can reduce deaths, there is a short time window in which the treatments work most effectively – and not every hospital is able to provide them. This is why we should create regionalized systems of care for heart attack, cardiac arrest and stroke. By coordinating care across hospitals and encouraging them to work as partners, we could deliver the right resources to the right patient at the right time, saving lives.