The Minneapolis Heart Institute resource app was intended for 100 or so first responders. It has now been downloaded more than 3,000 times in the U.S. and six other countries.
“We wanted to put the tools within the app, literally at the providers’ fingertips, to lead to better care for patients,” said Nick Burke, M.D., director of Emergency Cardiovascular Services at Minneapolis Heart Institute.
Minneapolis Heart Institute partners with more than 40 community hospitals throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin on emergency cardiovascular care. To assist in treating patients as quickly as possible, the physicians developed the free app with funding from the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation.
Now, a new version adds 16 non-emergency protocols to help physicians with the complex arena of blood-thinning medications. The protocols assist in managing bleeding, changing between different blood-thinners, treating blood clots in the lung, and considerations related to preparation for heart procedures.
Also included are guides for deciding which cardiac test is best to most accurately and efficiently diagnose patients and determining which cholesterol medication is best for each patient. There’s also the ability to talk immediately to a cardiologist or schedule a procedure.