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Case Study

Efficiency makes a Difference in one patient's Life



Dr. George L. Hertner, MD FACEM
Medical Director, Memorial Hospital North
Colorado Springs, Colorado


A healthy, 39-year-old patient presented to the Emergency Department complaining of back pain with no chest pain or shortness of breath.

  • All initial test results, including the point-of-care troponin, were normal.
  • After two hours, in accordance with serial troponin testing protocols, the point-of-care troponin was repeated and indicated the patient’s troponin had elevated tenfold since the initial test.
  • The patient arrived to the Cath lab within 160 minutes of arrival, where RCA lesions were discovered and treated with thrombolytic medication.

In this case, a rapid point-of-care troponin test saved significant time as compared to central laboratory testing, enabling faster clinical decision-making and treatment as well as potential future loss of heart muscle and heart function.

Watch this emotional video testimonial to see how the i-STAT System helped improve a particular patient’s care in his very own Emergency Department.




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About Author

Dr. George L. Hertner, MD FACEM is Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Colorado Health – Memorial Health System, and has been with the department of emergency medicine since 2001. Dr. Hertner received his bachelor’s degree and attended medical school at the University of Nebraska and completed his residency at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. In addition to his many clinical appointments, Dr. Hertner is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine, has authored and co-authored a number of publications and has presented both in the U.S. and internationally.

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