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This year an estimated 1.4 million people will suffer a heart attack. Approximately 400,000 of those victims will experience a STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).
Mission: Lifeline is a program being implemented in collaboration with Iowa’s health systems, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health and others. It helps identify the gaps that lead to slower and less effective patient care, and with the providers in the state, closes those gaps through change in protocols and processes, and also in providing resources such as life-saving equipment.
Unfortunately, approximately 30% of STEMI patients do not receive any form of treatment to restore blood flow, whether through clot-busting drugs (commonly referred to as thrombolytics) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI is the preferred therapy which uses mechanical means such as stents, balloon angioplasty or surgery.
Time is muscle. The outcome of STEMI events depends greatly on the care patients receive and the timeframe in which they receive it. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology's guidelines recommend that balloon angioplasty be performed within 90 minutes - preferably less - of arrival at any hospital.
In partnership with the medical community, this collaboration has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Iowa. This innovative regional collaboration will work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region.
The chain of care begins with you. If you believe you or a loved one is suffering a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Do not drive to the hospital! It is vital that emergency care arrives quickly so that they can immediately begin providing the appropriate advanced care.
We have all heard horror stories about getting mammograms. In fact, discomfort or pain are key reasons why many women avoid potentially life-saving mammography exams. In breast care, seeing the difference can make the difference in a woman’s life. The fact still remains, early detection saves lives!
The new 3D mammography system that will begin service in mid-February achieves the highest depth resolution while alleviating many of the fears associated with mammograms by:
What do the experts see with the new 3D system?
Make the invisible visible
Standardize image quality
Get more than just another view
Rely on exact density assessment
Personalize compression for optimal results
Enhance patient comfort
Reduce unnecessary steps
Offer patients certainty by delivering excellent imaging for diagnostic accuracy
If you are over 40 and have not had a mammogram (earlier if there is a family history), the time to call for your mammogram is now! Do it for you, your family and your friends.
Floyd Valley Healthcare has implemented integrative medicine (IM) strategies to compliment medical care for patient comfort. IM strategies, such as Oshibori, aromatherapy and comfort care can help with common symptoms such as pain, fatigue and nausea.
Use of IM places the patient at the center of their care and addresses not only their physical health, but also their emotional, mental, social and spiritual health including environmental influences. Each patient, their physician(s) and caregivers will be involved in choosing strategies based on that patient’s unique situation.
Volunteers have started delivering a relaxing hot towel, or Oshibori, to patients throughout the week. A cotton cloth is soaked in warm water and given to patients as a relaxation technique. Patients are able to wipe their hands, face and even place the warm cloth on their neck to ease stress and pain.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to help improve symptoms. Essential oils come
from flowers, trees and herbs. Each oil is a different chemical that can be used to ease common complaints. Oils that may be used include at FVH include:
Comfort care is a collaborative effort between the patient and staff to reduce the inevitable discomfort that is created after surgeries or procedures. Though the use of medications can and will be used to aid in recovery, other measures such as propping pillows, warmth, pressure or movement will also be used to make patients more comfortable avoiding excessive use of opiod-based medications. Currently in use in the Floyd Valley Surgery Center, this technique will be brought to others areas of care as patients get more familiar with this option.
As more science-based integrative approaches are brought to the area of medicine, Floyd Valley Healthcare will continue to research and add choices to this program to aid in the comfort and relaxation of our patients.
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