Michael Weddington, right, a 75-year-old Raleigh lawyer, had a heart attack in June meets with the two paramedics who treated him, Dean McMorrine, left, and Donald Robinson, at UNC Rex, where Weddington was treated, on October 5, 2016. In August, an extensive study about a pilot program coordinating communication betweens EMS providers and hospitals when treating heart attack victims in 16 different regions was released. The results showed that effective communication tends to cut down time between the heart attack and treatment, which can save a patient's life. Several local doctors were involved in the research, and Wake County is one of the best in the U.S. with coordinating these efforts.
Michael Weddington, right, a 75-year-old Raleigh lawyer, had a heart attack in June meets with the two paramedics who treated him, Dean McMorrine, left, and Donald Robinson, at UNC Rex, where Weddington was treated, on October 5, 2016. In August, an extensive study about a pilot program coordinating communication betweens EMS providers and hospitals when treating heart attack victims in 16 different regions was released. The results showed that effective communication tends to cut down time between the heart attack and treatment, which can save a patient's life. Several local doctors were involved in the research, and Wake County is one of the best in the U.S. with coordinating these efforts. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
Michael Weddington, right, a 75-year-old Raleigh lawyer, had a heart attack in June meets with the two paramedics who treated him, Dean McMorrine, left, and Donald Robinson, at UNC Rex, where Weddington was treated, on October 5, 2016. In August, an extensive study about a pilot program coordinating communication betweens EMS providers and hospitals when treating heart attack victims in 16 different regions was released. The results showed that effective communication tends to cut down time between the heart attack and treatment, which can save a patient's life. Several local doctors were involved in the research, and Wake County is one of the best in the U.S. with coordinating these efforts. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com

Wake County used as model for EMS-hospital coordination

October 14, 2016 8:54 AM