At Salina Regional's Emergency Department, staff is equipped to respond and evaluate quickly when a patient arrives complaining of chest pain. All emergency department clinical staff is certified in advanced cardiac life support, as are the intensive care unit clinical staff and many of the surgery nurses.
Emergency department employees, physicians and pharmacy staff administer 'clot busting' drugs in much less time than the national norm when patients are suffering a heart attack. Patients here receive the drugs in less than 30 minutes. The national norm is 37 to 40 minutes. These drugs can spare heart muscle damage and consequently save lives, but the drugs must be given quickly. Minutes can make a difference.
The Emergency Department is also prepared 24 hours every day to treat strokes, aneurysms, and other life-threatening cardiovascular conditions.