Cottage Grove Department of Public Safety was recognized for their participation in an innovative Emergency Medical Services national research study. In the study, patients experiencing chest pains were given a special study solution—glucose, insulin, and potassium—or a placebo while being transported via ambulance to the hospital.
Cottage Grove Police Paramedic Tim Morning, Police Paramedic Shawn Ebeling, Firefighter Paramedic Kristen Shannon and EMS Captain Brian Bigham, attended the Feb. 15 recognition event where a dozen patients were reunited with their EMS responders. While the research team had regular contact with the patients after they left the hospital, this event was the first time participants could reconnect with their EMS care team.
“The study was a great experience for Cottage Grove EMS as we strive to participate in local and national research projects that help bring better patient care to the citizens we serve,” said Wes Halverson, Deputy Fire Chief/EMS.
This same study took place in a total of 13 communities nationwide, including St. Paul. To conduct this study, Regions and Lakeview Hospitals partnered with local paramedics from Cottage Grove, Oakdale, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, White Bear Lake and Lakeview.
Dr. RJ Frascone, medical director for Cottage Grove Public Safety and Regions Hospital EMS, was the local physician in charge of the study. The results of the study showed the group of people who received the study solution had more survivors with smaller areas of damage to their heart.
“At least 250,000 Americans die from heart attacks each year,” said Frascone. “Cottage Grove paramedics and EMTs were part of an important investigation that helped find new ways to improve the outcome for people in cardiac arrest across the country. This recognition event was the first of what we hope will be a standard way to share results of studies with the most important stakeholders— our patients.”