Muscatine Emergency Crews Use Cardiac Blood Test - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Muscatine Emergency Crews Use Cardiac Blood Test

Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Weather

    First Alert Forecast Monday

    First Alert Forecast Monday

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:03 AM EDT2014-09-01 08:03:07 GMT
    Nice weather aheadMore >>
    Nice weather aheadMore >>
  • Developers Hope To Turn Old Schools Into New Apartments

    Developers Hope To Turn Old Schools Into New Apartments

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:18:03 GMT
    It will be new life for a few old schools in Clinton and historic buildings in Davenport if a handful of developers have their way.Community Housing Initiatives is looking to transform the Roosevelt Administration Center, a former elementary school, into mixed income housing, by creating 16 spacious apartments there.More >>
    It will be new life for a few old schools in Clinton and historic buildings in Davenport if a handful of developers have their way.Community Housing Initiatives is looking to transform the Roosevelt Administration Center, a former elementary school, into mixed income housing, by creating 16 spacious apartments there.More >>
  • Dr. Danger Returns To Local Speedway After Last Year's Scare

    Dr. Danger Returns To Local Speedway After Last Year's Scare

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:32:52 GMT
    Greg "Dr. Danger" Carpenter is back at the Jackson County Speedway one year after a death-defying stunt nearly proved to be his last. The star of the American Daredevils TV series took on the same track in Maquoketa, IA, on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. More >>
    Greg "Dr. Danger" Carpenter is back at the Jackson County Speedway one year after a death-defying stunt nearly proved to be his last. The star of the American Daredevils TV series took on the same track in Maquoketa, IA, on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. More >>

A person experiencing chest pain could be having a heart attack. But to be sure, emergency crews in Muscatine are now taking blood tests when called to a scene.

The department is the first in the state to start using "Cardiac Status" blood tests. The test can take up to 15 minutes or return results in as quickly as one minute.    

Crews say the blood test is more definitive -- meaning emergency room doctors have a better idea of a patient's status as an ambulance arrives at the hospital.

Meanwhile, ems crews are still performing the same patient care they typically would -- providing an EKG, a heart monitor and oxygen.

"We're actually multi-tasking," said Muscatine firefighter and paramedic, Aaron Meredith. "So, while this test is working, we're able to treat the patient accordingly. Drugs, heart monitor, oxygen. And transporting to the appropriate facility."

Each "Cardiac Status" test is $40 but the department received a $10,000 grant in order to pay for them.

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.