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STEMI Recognition

STEMI Recognition

In 2008 new defibrillators were provided to the squads of District 3. With these units the STEMI Recognition program was launched. It is designed to detect serious heart attacks in the field. The new units, Zoll E‐Series, have the capability to do this by acquiring and transmitting 12‐lead electrocardiograms (EKGs) to Fletcher Allen Health Care. The transmitted EKGs will alert the hospital to activate necessary equipment and medical teams.


STEMI is short for an ST‐elevated Myocardial Infaraction‐ a very serious heart attack. It is caused by the occlusion of coronary artery, and will cause the heart to stop. Fortunately, Emergency Department catherization labs have the capability to re‐open closed arteries and restore blood flow to the heart. However, this must be accomplished as soon as possible to increase survival rates. By transmitting EKGs the cardiac catherization lab will be pre-notified to be ready for immediate life saving procedures.

Ten electrodes are used to show the 12 views of the heart

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