People who have had a heart attack are at significant risk of a repeat cardiac event in the future. If this happens, calling an ambulance and rushing to the nearest hospital with a Cath Lab is crucial. The nearest hospital is often not the same as the one the patient previously visited, and it is highly unlikely that the medical records will be on hand. The CathMaps+ App stores documentation of the patient’s cardiac medical history, so that it can be easily presented to the attending physician in an emergency situation – saving time when every second counts.
When a cardiac event occurs, rushing to the nearest hospital with a Cath Lab is vital, and time is of essence. Unfortunately, many hospitals do not have a Cath Lab and are therefore ill-equipped to optimally deal with a cardiac event. CathMaps+ provides the location, contact information and directions to the closest hospitals with Cath Labs via Google Maps or Waze. This tool is particularly useful when traveling out of town, or abroad.
The first step in a cardiac emergency is to call the national emergency number. CathMaps+ presents the emergency numbers for countries around the world. CathMaps+ also provides the locations of the nearest hospitals equipped with a Cath Lab, and enables the user to either email cardiac medical records in advance or show them to the attending physician upon arrival. Cardiologists are better equipped to provide treatment with knowledge of previous medical history including EKGs, medication and details of earlier procedures.
When an emergency situation arises, a family member or friend will often accompany the patient to the hospital. CathMaps+ allows the user the option of planning ahead by sharing the medical records with a friend or family member. In the event that the patient is incapacitated upon arrival at the Cath Lab, the friend/relative will then be able to supply all necessary medical information.