Case Studies

St. Luke's hospital emergency department: seeking measurable results

Located in Bethlehem, PA, St. Luke’s Hospital is a nationally recognized tertiary care center and teaching hospital. At the time of this study, the 480-bed facility included an emergency department (ED) with oversight of 70,000 patients per year. As part of an overall process improvement initiative, the hospital introduced the i-STAT System in 2006 for cardiac Troponin and CHEM8+ testing by ED nurses and emergency service technicians. Learn how use of i-STAT cTnl and CHEM8+ helped improve patient care and operational efficiencies in the emergency department.*

*The results shown here are specific to this health care facility and may differ from those achieved by other institutions.

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Measurable Improvements

 

Blood draw to result time

40 min vs 15 min

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Door-to-first ED troponin result

85 min vs 41 min

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results meeting guidelines

 

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length of stay NSTEMI patients**

 

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 meeting the ACC/AHA recommended guidelines of a 60-minute TAT for Troponin  |  **Cardiac Troponin elevated greater than 5 times the reference range

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Improved Clinical and Operational Benefits were associated with use of the iSTAT System


Key metric: Faster Turnaround Times (TATs)


Average time before iSTAT | 57 minutes

Average time with iSTAT | 19 minutes

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