State of the heart cath lab opens in Eas­ton

Record Observer - - NEWS - By DENAE SPIERING dspier­ing@ches­pub.com

EAS­TON — Re­ceiv­ing ac­cess to car­diac pro­ce­dures on the Eastern Shore can be dif­fi­cult and — in the case of an acute heart at­tack — deadly, but not any­more.

On May 2, Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Eas­ton held a rib­bon cut­ting un­veil­ing its new state-of-the-heart Car­diac Ca­theter­i­za­tion Lab­o­ra­tor y.

The new lab­o­ra­tory will aid in pro­vid­ing care on the Mid-Shore that pa­tients pre­vi­ously would have had to travel else­where to re­ceive.

The hospi­tal in Eas­ton had one ca­theter­i­za­tion lab al­ready, how­ever pro­ce­dures done there were purely elec­tive and they were un­able to as­sist with heart emer­gen­cies. Now with the ca­pa­bil­ity of two labs, the hospi­tal is able to pro­vide both elec­tive pro­ce­dures and emer­gency car­diac care.

In the past some­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a car­diac emer­gency was typ­i­cally taken to other fa­cil­i­ties any­where from a half hour to an hour away, and it is those pre­cious min­utes that could cost the pa­tient their lives.

“Time is mus­cle,” said Dr. Gary Jones, re­gional di­rec­tor of car­dio­vas­cu­lar and pul­monary ser­vices. “So for ever y minute of de­lay there is po­ten­tial loss for vi­able heart mus­cle un­til the blood has been re­stored to that area.”

“There is 90-minute win­dow,” Jones said. “That is the magic num­ber and the clock starts tick­ing the minute 911 is called.”

Jones said over the past sev­eral years he and ad­min­is­tra­tors from the hospi­tal met with of­fi­cials from the Mary­land In­sti­tute for Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices Sys­tems to re­view ex­actly how many pa­tients have suf­fered heart at­tacks in the area and the in­cred­i­ble num­ber of pa­tients who needed to have these pro­ce­dures done.

He said then un­for­tu­nately they looked at how many of them had to be trans­ferred some­times 60 to 90 min­utes away for those timely acute heart at­tacks.

Jones said that is the rea­son for their di­rec­tion and vi­sion to start this pro­gram. He said Eas­ton was ge­o­graph­i­cally the per­fect spot to meet the needs of pa­tients that were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a much longer de­lay in be­ing pro­vided these ser­vices.

Jones said those de­lays were due to traf­fic, weather, or just the mere dis­tance a pa­tient needs to travel to re­ceive the nec­es­sary care.

“If you were to draw a ra­dius of re­sponse time around the ap­proved hos­pi­tals in the state that pro­vide these ser­vices, on the western shore there is a tremen­dous amount of op­tions for pa­tients within 20 min­utes — but when you draw that same ra­dius around the mid­dle Eastern Shore there are large voids of ar­eas that re­quire a longer re­sponse time,” he said.

Jones said the hospi­tal filed for the fund­ing two years ago, and last year on St. Pa­trick’s Day, March 17, they heard from the state, the fund­ing was ap­proved and he said he re­mem­bers it clearly be­cause he and the car­di­ol­o­gist went out and cel­e­brated with a green beer.

Dr. Jef­fery Ether­ton is part of the lab’s team. There also is Dr. Ben­jamin Remo and Dr. Gabriel Sardi. Ether­ton and Remo are the new­est mem­bers.

Ether­ton said Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter now has “one of the best labs in the state.” Ether­ton said. “A state-of-the-art lab with all the equip­ment and things that you would need to have these pro­ce­dures per­formed.”

But Ether­ton said it’s not only the equip­ment that makes this new unit so spe­cial.

“It’s the hu­man as­pect of it too,” Ether­ton said. “We have as­sem­bled a team whose spe­cialty is to as­sist us per­form­ing these pro­ce­dures — we have highly skilled nurses and tech­ni­cians work­ing be­side us. It’s that all to­gether pack­age that makes it a state-of the art.”

Since the lab opened in the end of March, the teams have per­formed 20 in­ter­ven­tions on an elec­tive ba­sis.

“Sev­eral of them have been fairly dif­fi­cult pro­ce­dures,” Ether­ton said. “They are ones that in the past that would have been done in Wash­ing­ton, Bal­ti­more or Philadel­phia but we were able to do them here.”

Jones said there will still be pa­tients from the re­gion who still will be taken to other ap­proved cen­ters sim­ply be­cause the trans­port time will be quicker.

“It’s not about get­ting ev­ery­one to come here,” Ether­ton said. “It’s about get­ting the pa­tient to the care they need within that 90-minute win­dow. It’s a mat­ter of what is the best over­all out­come for the pa­tient.”

Jones said it is im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge the won­der­ful emer­gency ser­vice providers, the postop nurses and ev­ery­one else who aids in saving and en­sur­ing the lives of their pa­tients. He said it is a team ef­fort from start to fin­ish.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

On Tues­day, May 2, Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Eas­ton held a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony for a new state-of-the-art Car­diac Ca­theter­i­za­tion Lab­o­ra­tory.

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