CATONSVILLE, MD (August 23, 2016) – The St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Department and Cardiac Care Team this week honored Charlestown retirement community emergency medical technicians Eric Ernst and Craig Nelson for providing excellent care to ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction patients and meeting the national standard of door-to-balloon time in less than 90 minutes.
The award specifically recognizes the quick response work of Ernst and Nelson on a May 11th chest pain call. They rapidly assessed and made the differential diagnosis. The patient was, in fact, having a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction. At a Basic Life Support level made the decision was made to consult and deliver the patient to St. Agnes Hospital as a "Priority 1."
St. Agnes was able to have its ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction team at the door waiting for the patient as a result of the quality of the consult. The patient was quickly moved to cath lab and received not one, but two stents, saving his life.
This was all completed in less than one hour.
Ernest and Nelson are part of the Charlestown Security and Emergency Services team that is comprised of Security Guards, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Basic Life Support ambulance. The team supports residents, staff, and visitors on a 24/7 basis to ensure their safety and security year-round.