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M. I. Missing Cardiac Patients? The EMTs Guide to Acute Coronary Syndromes

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We know that early acquisition and interpretation of 12 lead ECGs are key to effective treatment of patients with STEMI, but are we identifying all of the patients who should be evaluated with a 12 lead? What is the role of a 12 lead ECG in identifying a patient who can benefit for emergency cardiac care? This highly energetic lecture presents the pathophysiology of myocardial infarction in an easy to understand style to help you best identify, triage and treat patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes. Using the latest research behind the AHA Guidelines changes, this program will help you better coordinate with your healthcare partners along the continuum of cardiac care. Emphasis is placed on risk factors, recognizing truly sick patients and coordinating care with cardiac systems of care.

Teaching Formats:

-Lecture

-Demonstration

-Question and Answer

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to:

-Describe the pathophysiology of  myocardial infarction.

-Explain the concept of the HEART score as it pertains to diagnostics of acute coronary syndrome.

-Prioritize and differentiate between STEMI, NSTEMI and unstable angins.

-Differentiate the terminology of STEMI and OMI: Occlusive Myocardial Infarction.

-Identify EMS and in-hospital treatment pathways for acute coronary syndromes.

-Discuss the role of EMS providers as the key element in “door-to-balloon” and “door-to-needle” time for STEMI patients.

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