How to Recognize and Treat STEMIs in Urgent Care Centers

How to Recognize and Treat STEMIs in Urgent Care Centers

How to Recognize and Treat STEMIs in Urgent Care Centers

How to Recognize and Treat STEMIs in Urgent Care Centers

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STEMI stands for ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction. This is commonly defined as an acute occlusion of a coronary blood vessel secondary to a plaque rupture or thrombosis. A STEMI is typically diagnosed when there is >1-2mm of elevation of the ST segment in two contiguous leads on an electrocardiogram (ECG). Also, elevated troponin levels will almost always be present. When a patient experiences a STEMI, they are experiencing a true, life-threatening medical emergency that requires immediate transfer from an urgent care center, via emergency medical services (EMS), to a hospital that is equipped to care for these patients. Accurate and efficient recognition of signs and symptoms of an acute myocardial infarction and ECG interpretation are critical components of recognizing STEMIs in an urgent care setting.

COURSE INFORMATION

30 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2020-04-02Updated 2020-05-20

Course Objectives

  • Identify the possible clinical presentations of STEMI.
  • Recognize ST elevation and other relevant heart rhythms on ECG .
  • Explain the proper management of STEMI patients in an urgent care setting prior to EMS arrival and hospital transfer

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