The Christ Hospital recently added Christ LifeFlight
, a dedicated helicopter to transport critically ill or injured patients in our region, particularly those with emergency cardiac needs that require fast action. In this episode of MD Insider, learn more from:
- Dean Kereiakes, MD, Medical Director of the Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center
- Timothy Smith, MD, Director of the Farmer Family Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), both an interventional cardiologist and intensive care specialist
- Kari Gorder, MD, a recently-recruited, highly-trained emergency cardiac care specialist
What’s special about Christ LifeFlight and how will it improve emergency heart care in the region?Dr. Kereiakes:
The Christ Hospital is known internationally for leading-edge technology and exceptional cardiac care, and knowing more than 85 million Americans live more than an hour’s drive from a highly-skilled emergency care center, we realized the need for air medical services. Additionally, we were delighted to be able to add a highly-trained emergency medicine cardiac intensivist to our team—Kari Gorder, MD—specializing in the type of cardiac emergencies where air medical services are needed.
How will Christ LifeFlight raise the bar for heart and vascular care in our region?Dr. Gorder:
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., with over 840,000 deaths annually. In fact, every 40 seconds, an American suffers a heart attack. The Christ Hospital Farmer Family CVICU offers leading-edge technology previously only seen at major academic medical centers. With Christ LifeFlight, we can offer emergency access and care for patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest, heart attack, cardiogenic shock and dissecting or ruptured aortic aneurysms.
What’s an example of a cardiovascular intervention that may involve an emergency air transport?Dr. Smith:
One of the critical care treatments offered by our team is ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. In short, ECMO circulates blood through a machine outside of the body to get oxygen, when the patient’s heart and lungs can’t get the job done. ECMO can be a bridge to recovery, or to more advanced therapies, such as a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or heart transplant. The Christ Hospital has one of fastest growing ECMO programs in the country and critically ill patients with shock are being flown into our facility from all over the region. LifeFlight can bring patients in faster and more safely than ever before. In fact, Christ LifeFlight was the first ECMO air transfer in the region and has transferred more ECMO patients than any other emergency air service in the region. If you or someone you know is experiencing chest pain or has a cardiac emergency, our team can help. Schedule an appointment online with a heart expert near you today!