According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death globally, leading to 17.3 million fatalities annually, and that number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) occurs when blood flow is blocked in the coronary artery. As a result, part of the heart muscle is short on oxygen (ischemia) and damaged.
LUMC’s Cardiology Department set up the Door-To-Balloon (DTB) Task Force focused on ischemic time in heart infarction patients. DTB is the crucial period of time from when the patient enters the hospital to when the blockage is removed to restore blood flow by inflating a balloon during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In order to reduce DTB time, real-time, accurate time tracking, evaluation and feedback is essential.
Zebra Technologies worked with LUMC to develop a solution powered by Zatar, Zebra’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform to enable hospitals to track patients and provide real-time feedback on DTB time. The real-time data provided allows all members of the caregiving team including cardiologists, ED physicians, nurses, EMS staff, technicians and administrators to focus on the reduction of DTB time.
LUMC completed a six-month, 100 patient pilot review of the Time Tracking Solution and the solution has now moved into commercialization phase for all AMI patients. The solution can be used in other time-critical emergency care.