Cardiac Arrest Center

Baptist's Cardiac Arrest Center includes emergency physicians, cardiologists, and other clinical specialists, who work together to provide specialized emergency and follow-up care for patients who have suffered cardiac arrest. The team uses best-practice protocols, which are medical treatments that have been clinically proven to improve outcomes in this often devastating disease.

Baptist's Cardiac Arrest Center provides all the specialized services that are recognized as best practices for cardiac arrest patients. Some of these include:

Therapeutic Hypothermia

This is a therapy that nearly triples the rate of survival after cardiac arrest. The therapy, which involves cooling the body's core temperature to 89ºF, ideally is started by paramedics before they bring the patient to Baptist. Baptist physicians are in communication with the paramedics during transport, and are prepared when the patient arrives to continue with the most appropriate treatment.

Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

PCI is sometimes referred to as balloon angioplasty. At Baptist's Cardiac Arrest Center, cardiologists are immediately available to determine-often before the patient arrives at the ER-if emergency treatment in Baptist's Cath Lab is needed. If so, the patient is fast-tracked to the Cath Lab where cardiologists can use catheter-based techniques to access and treat the heart. The quicker this treatment begins, the better the outcome for the patient.

Additionally, Baptist's Cardiac Arrest Center is equipped to receive patients transported by EMS helicopters.

A person's best chance to survive cardiac arrest begins at the moment the heart stops beating with a person on the spot who can immediately begin Cardio Cerebral Resuscitation (CCR). Because of this, Baptist provides CCR training for the community at large.

 

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