STEMI Program

  • Cardiology
  • 62 Tilley Drive
    South Burlington, VT 05403
  • Phone: 802-847-4600
  • Fax: 802-847-2533
  • Directions

Regional Partnership Works to Save Lives

Fletcher Allen has developed a regional network to provide advanced care for patients who have suffered a severe heart attack known as an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

For STEMI patients outside Chittenden and Grand Isle counties who are within 60 minutes transport time to Fletcher Allen, we work with local hospitals to rapidly triage them in the area hospital and transport them here to open the blocked artery. Our effective partnership with regional community hospitals was presented as a model at the national meeting of the American College of Cardiology in March of 2009.

For patients in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties, we have also worked with local ambulances to make it possible for them to transmit electrocardiograms (ECGs) to Fletcher Allen. In Mr. Gervais' case, the Essex Emergency Medical Service transmitted an ECG that alerted Fletcher Allen so that we could provide more rapid treatment.

Over the past few years, our door-to-balloon times (the time it takes from presentation at the hospital to opening the blocked coronary artery) have been consistently better than the national average. During the past year, the average door-to-balloon time at Fletcher Allen was 65 minutes -- the national average was 90 minutes. Saving an average of approximately 20 minutes for patients should save one additional life for every 100 patients. Our STEMI Program is part of the reason that Vermont is in the top 20% in the country for survival after a heart attack.

Our research efforts will now focus on the most effective method to treat patients who are more than 60 minutes from Fletcher Allen.

At Fletcher Allen, patient care is informed by research. This case study is one example of how research is helping to improve the care of heart attack patients. Read More