July 08, 2011
Cardiac Care the Focus of Next CTMC "EMS Night Out"
SAN MARCOS, TX – Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one leading cause of death. Emergency response is critical for a patient experiencing a heart attack. As part of an expanding commitment to heart care, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) will host “EMS Night Out,” Thursday, July 14 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in CTMC’s Community Classroom. Juhana Karha, M.D., with Austin Heart Cardiology Group, will speak about STEMI Recognition. All EMS, 911 dispatchers and medical staff are invited to attend.
STEMI, which stands for ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, is the most severe type of heart attack that is caused by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply. CTMC routinely performs STEMI drills and tests the response by medical staff to a critical care need.
”EMS Night Out gives our first responders and medical staff a chance to discuss a variety of topics relating to emergency conditions,” said Susan Youngblood, CTMC Trauma Coordinator. “It is appropriate for this event that we discuss cardiac care as CTMC finalizes preparations to have a Certified Chest Pain Center.”
CTMC began hosting EMS Night Out in January 2010 as a way for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) to earn Continuing Education Credits (CEU) and network with others. Food, drinks and door prizes will be offered during the event.
To RSVP for CTMC’s latest EMS Night Out, please call 512-753-3818. The next EMS Night Out is slated for October 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.