May 15, 2018

Missouri designates 55 STEMI centers improving response time and care

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Missouri has designated 55 STEMI (ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction) Centers, the newest component of the Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System, throughout the state.  A STEMI is one type of heart attack that is a potentially lethal condition for which specific therapies, administered rapidly, reduce mortality and disability. The TCD System is a statewide system that brings together the 911 response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a coordinated way to provide patients the right care, at the right place, in the right amount of time.  With the designated STEMI Centers in place, individuals suffering a STEMI will receive quicker response times and improved survival and recovery rates.

"Minutes matter during an emergency," said Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. "Having this coordinated approach through the STEMI Centers will help a greater number of people survive and recover from trauma, stroke and heart attack."

For a list of STEMI Centers visit https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/chronic/tcdsystem/designatedhospitals.php. For more information on the Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis System visit https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/chronic/tcdsystem/index.php.

About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The department seeks to be the leader in protecting health and keeping people safe. More information about DHSS can be found at health.mo.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyLivingMo.

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