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>>

  • IL Lawmakers Aim To Ban The Sale Of Microbeads

    IL Lawmakers Aim To Ban The Sale Of Microbeads

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:55:32 GMT
    A measure working its way through the Illinois General Assembly would ban the sale of micro-beads in the state.More >>
    A measure working its way through the Illinois General Assembly would ban the sale of micro-beads in the state.
    More >>
  • Another Dog Declared Vicious In Bettendorf After Attack On Woman

    Another Dog Declared Vicious In Bettendorf After Attack On Woman

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:31:26 GMT
    Sara Smith of Bettendorf charged after dog biteSara Smith of Bettendorf charged after dog bite
    Another dog has been banned from Bettendorf. It stems from an incident earlier this week when a group of dogs got lose from a home in the 3200 block of Westmar and one of them attacked a woman. PoliceMore >>
    Another dog has been banned from Bettendorf. It stems from an incident earlier this week when a group of dogs got lose from a home in the 3200 block of Westmar and one of them attacked a woman. PoliceMore >>
  • Verdict of Davenport Vehicle Homicide Case

    Verdict of Davenport Vehicle Homicide Case

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:32:10 GMT
    DAVENPORT, IA -- A Scott County Jury deliberated on whether a man should be held responsible for a pedestrian death. The trail against driver, Dale Varner, happened this week. In September 2012, VarnerMore >>
    DAVENPORT, IA -- A Scott County Jury deliberated on whether a man should be held responsible for a pedestrian death. The trial against driver, Dale Varner, happened this week. In September 2012, VarnerMore >>

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.