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Pauline Landgren, RN, Receives STEMI Award

11/24/2014
Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is pleased to announce that Pauline Landgren, RN, was selected by the Essentia Health Heart & Vascular Center to receive the 2014 STEMI Award to a Regional Nurse for STEMI System Excellence.
 

Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is pleased to announce that Pauline Landgren, RN, was selected by the Essentia Health Heart & Vascular Center to receive the 2014 STEMI Award to a Regional Nurse for STEMI System Excellence.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans have the most serious type of heart attack known as an ST-elevated myocardial infarction, or STEMI, in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Unless the blockage is eliminated quickly, the patient’s life is at serious risk.

When a heart attack patient arrives at the Grand Itasca Emergency Room, it is now possible to transport them to Duluth and stop the heart attack within 90 minutes, which exceeds the national goal of treating a STEMI patient in less than 120 minutes.

Grand Itasca has worked closely with Emergency Medical Services, such as MEDS-1 and Nashwauk, to perform an electrocardiogram upon arriving at the patient’s location. If the EKG shows a STEMI occurring, EMS will contact our Emergency Department Physician to activate the STEMI code, dispatch the helicopter and call our STEMI team of doctors, nurses, lab techs, pharmacy and imaging staff into action. Through this team collaboration, we are decreasing the time to transport patients to Duluth to stop a heart attack.

Pauline was presented with this award at the annual Essentia Health STEMI Workshop, held September 5th, 2014 at the Barker’s Island Conference Center, in Superior, Wisconsin. Landgren is proud to work with the STEMI team at Grand Itasca, “This STEMI award speaks of our Grand Itasca STEMI care team and our commitment to provide the best quality care for our STEMI patients,” says Landgren.

According to the Essentia Health STEMI/Heart Attack Program Manager, Richard Mullvain, “Pauline Landgren was a unanimous decision for the award this year given her high level of passion for each and every heart attack patient. Pauline has made Grand Rapids a safer place to live. Our data shows that Grand Itasca has one of the fastest average times for obtaining a 12-Lead ECG to quickly diagnose a patient with a heart attack in the region.”


Landgren, RN, pictured with her 2014 STEMI Award to a Regional Nurse for STEMI System Excellence.

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