Whilst under the auspice of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, VST piloted a pre-hospital notification app – Pulsara™ STOP Stroke/ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) at two sites, Ballarat Health Services and Bendigo Healthcare Group. Results from the Pulsara pilot study demonstrated significant reductions in treatment times including Door to Balloon (STEMI) and Door to Needle (acute ischaemic stroke).
The Pulsara App allows immediate notification by paramedics to a hospital of an incoming stroke or STEMI patient and allows the hospital to plan accordingly and ultimately accelerate the time for treatment.
Pulsara is a smart phone/tablet application, currently used in over 30 USA hospitals. The aim of the App is to improve patient outcomes by improving the timelines for delivery of care to acute cardiac and stroke patients. The App is activated by paramedics to alert the Emergency Department (ED) who can then simultaneously alert and synchronise care across multiple hospital departments (e.g., ED, Cath Lab, Radiology, Stroke team, Cardiac team) prior to the ambulance arriving at the ED with an acute STEMI or stroke.
The App securely communicates patient information and establishes a visible timeline for delivery of all the key elements of patient care. A short video (3-4 mins) showing how the App works for STEMI and stroke can be found on the Pulsara website: STEMI video & Stroke video.
In late 2019 the Pulsara App will be rolled out by Ambulance Victoria to another VST site, Latrobe Regional Health.