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.


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

Emergency Department Ghosted

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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