Austin, Texas - (February 12, 2008) - Seton Medical Center Austin has a new weapon to detect heart attacks in just minutes.
To improve diagnosis, SMCA has implemented the Triage® CardioProfilER® Panel, manufactured by Biosite® Incorporated. The portable device is small enough to be used near the patient, ensuring that diagnostic information is readily accessible. By combining four markers of cardiovascular disease in one test panel, the 15-to-20 minute diagnostic test is intended to provide physicians with a fast and convenient means of assessing chest pain patients for a variety of conditions in order to potentially enable earlier therapeutic intervention or disease rule-out.
"Time is muscle. The longer we wait to treat the patient, the more the heart muscle is damaged and every minute can make a significant difference in the patient's life," said Sam Roberts, M.D., Chief of Staff and Emergency Department Medial Director, Seton Medical Center Austin. "Therefore, earlier diagnosis can play a critical role in helping us streamline the process of evaluating our chest pain patients, thus enabling faster and more effective treatment for our patients, which leads to better and more timely patient care."
An estimated six million Americans visit hospital emergency rooms each year with chest pain, but all patients with chest pain are not having heart attacks. Conversely, some patients experience heart attacks without having the typical clinical presentation of chest pain. The addition of cardiac marker testing can play a critical role in helping physicians diagnose heart attacks, allowing appropriate treatment to be started in a timely manner and improving outcomes for patients.
Since implementing this new technology at SMCA in December of 2007, the staff run an average of 200 plus tests a week.
The CardioProfiler will soon be available in the emergency departments at the University Medical Center at Brackenridge, Seton Medical Center Williamson and Seton Northwest.