(Photo From The Wilmington Police Department)

St. Joseph’s hospital hosted its annual Code STEMI breakfast event on Friday February 7.

The event is held to honor EMS personnel in conjunction with emergency dispatchers and hospital staff for life saving efforts pertaining to those patients who experienced a STEMI: ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

This is a very serious type of heart attack during which one of the heart’s major arteries is blocked. Fire District paramedics are trained to recognize this life threatening condition by identifying key patient symptoms and a specific cardiac rhythm when the patient is placed on a cardiac monitor.

While Advanced Life Support care is continued en route to the hospital, Paramedics communicate a Code STEMI to the Emergency Room staff. The hospital staff then prepare a special team of care providers to receive the patient once at the hospital. Recognized at this year’s event were Firefighter EMT Cole Bokus and Firefighter Paramedic Tyler Hunt, both from the Wilmington Fire Department.

Bokus and Hunt were involved in an incident within the last year where they successfully identified a STEMI and reported it to hospital staff, allowing medical professionals to save the patient’s life.