For the second year in a row, Cypress Creek EMS has been presented with Methodist Hospital Willowbrook’s Khurana EMS Stroke Award. The award was established as part of the Swadesh Khurana Endowment, honoring the memory of Swadesh Khurana and supporting the advancement of stroke care at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.
The award is presented to the EMS provider that achieves the Fastest Door-to-tPA time, which is the time it takes for an ischemic stroke patient to arrive at the hospital’s emergency department, complete evaluation, receive appropriate diagnostics and receive an infusion of the clot-busting drug tPA. The whole process is speeded up when a paramedic calls a possible stroke from the ambulance before arrival at the hospital. Administration of tPA within 90 minutes of symptom onset dramatically improves the chances of recovering from a stroke. In 2015, the fastest time was accomplished by Medic 57. The award was accepted on behalf of CCEMS by Operations Supervisor Jeff Taylor and medics Fawna Abel and Margaret Bridges of Medic 58.
Cypress Creek EMS congratulates Houston Fire Department EMS for winning this year’s Code Stemi Award for the fastest door to cath lab treatment time of 24 minutes. Cypress Creek had previously won the award for two years in a row. STEMI stands for SegmenT Elevation Myocardial Infarction. The EMS Code STEMI is a process that is used to treat all heart attack patients within the first 90 minutes of an attack. Time is tissue and the sooner someone who is suffering a heart attack gets emergency care, the greater chance of a complete recovery.
In 2014, Cypress Creek EMS was awarded the Quickest Door-to-Balloon Time, achieving the fastest time from patient arrival at the hospital’s emergency department to when the interventional cardiologist opens up the patient’s blocked coronary artery, restoring blood flow to the heart. The national standard is under 90 minutes, and Cypress Creek accomplished a 29 minute door-to-balloon time in 2013.
Methodist Hospital Willowbrook also treated EMS personnel to lunch and a YETI tumbler.