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Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern has an app for that cardiovascular emergency

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 11/9/2016 — Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern partners with more than 40 community hospitals throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin on emergency cardiovascular care. Minneapolis Heart Institute® protocols for caring for patients experiencing cardiac or vascular emergencies are freely available – on the web, in manuals and on emergency department walls.

But posters get removed when walls are painted. Or changes are made to the protocols. The cardiologists found that outdated protocols could live on – on cheat sheets, in old binders and by tradition. So they created an app.

“We believe this is the first of its kind anywhere and will further improve the care of our patients and our ‘connectedness’ with our referring providers,” said Nicholas Burke, MD, director of Emergency Cardiovascular Services at Minneapolis Heart Institute®.

Burke says the best cardiovascular care is possible only when all physicians, nurses and emergency medical service professionals have the most current information when and where they need it. The mobile app – MHI/ANW CV Emergencies – improves the chances that up-to-date, cardiovascular emergency protocols are easily accessible.

The app is free to download, simple to use and compatible with iOS and Android platforms. In addition to having access to the latest protocols, the app also allows providers to call Abbott Northwestern for an immediate cardiology consult or to admit a patient.

Creation of the app was funded by the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation and produced by Dogtown Media of California.

About Minneapolis Heart Institute®

The Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute is recognized internationally as one of the world's leading providers of heart and vascular care. This state-of-the-art facility combines the finest in personalized patient care with sophisticated technology in a unique, family-oriented environment. The Institute's programs, a number of which are conducted in conjunction with Abbott Northwestern Hospital, address the full range of heart and vascular health needs: prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

About Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Abbott Northwestern Hospital has been a health care provider and innovator in Minneapolis for more than 130 years. Part of Allina Health, Abbott Northwestern has retained its first place ranking for the best hospital in the Twin Cities and second in the State of Minnesota for eight consecutive years in the U.S. News & World Report's 2020-21 best hospital rankings. In addition, Abbott Northwestern has received nursing magnet certification, a recognition earned by only five percent of hospitals nationwide.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.

The MHI/ANW CV Emergencies mobile app
The MHI/ANW CV Emergencies mobile app