SOURCE: Rural/Metro Corporation

Rural/Metro Corporation

March 30, 2012 14:03 ET

Rural/Metro Demonstrates Commitment to Clinical Excellence in National Study of Pre-Hospital Treatment for Patients Experiencing Heart Attack Symptoms

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - Mar 30, 2012) - Rural/Metro Corporation's commitment to clinical excellence in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was demonstrated this week with the release of a national study supporting the administration of glucose-insulin-potassium ("GIK") solution to patients experiencing heart attack-related symptoms.

Rural/Metro Ambulance in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was among EMS agencies in 13 cities nationwide selected to participate in the IMMEDIATE study supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one of the National Institutes for Health. Results were published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that intravenous administration of GIK within the first hour of patients demonstrating heart attack-related symptoms such as chest pain resulted in fewer heart attacks or deaths and reduced severity when heart attacks actually occurred. The administration of GIK did not, however, prevent heart attacks from happening.

Michael DiMino, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Rural/Metro is committed to improving patient outcomes through evidence-based clinical applications in pre-hospital settings. We are very proud to have participated in this large-scale cardiac study and believe we have contributed to the advancement of EMS and cardiac care as a result."

Under the direction of Dr. Donald Kosiak of Avera Medical Group and Michael Deitschman, Clinical Research Coordinator for Rural Metro Ambulance, citizens of Sioux Falls who called 911 with heart attack symptoms from 2008 through July 2011 were evaluated for enrollment in the study. Participants were first administered GIK in the ambulance, and treatment continued during hospitalization for 12 hours. Rural/Metro's hospital partners in the study were Avera Mckennan Hospital, Avera Heart Hospital and Sanford USD Medical Center.

"Rural Metro Ambulance EMS personnel were a key part of the study that has demonstrated that the severity of heart attacks can be reduced by the early administration of a simple solution of glucose-insulin-potassium," said Dr. Kosiak. "Hundreds of thousands of patients across the nation die from heart attacks each year. Our community was part of an important investigation that yielded promising results for patients locally and across the country."

Study findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting in Chicago this week. The results showed that compared to 10 percent of the heart muscle being lost to heart attack in the placebo group, in those receiving GIK, only 2 percent was lost. Also, compared to 9 percent of patients with placebo having cardiac arrest or dying, in the GIK group 4 percent had cardiac arrest or died, a reduction of more than 50 percent. For the group of patients who presented with "ST-elevation heart attacks," those who need immediate intervention, the placebo group had heart attacks that consume 12 percent of the heart muscle, versus 3 percent in those who got GIK. In this group, cardiac arrest or mortality occurred in 14 percent among those receiving placebo, versus 4 percent in those getting GIK, the study showed. Cost of the treatment is about $50.

About Rural/Metro Corporation

Rural/Metro Corporation provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance services and private fire protection services in 20 states and approximately 440 communities throughout the United States. In South Dakota, Rural/Metro provides 911 and non-emergency interfacility ambulance services in the City of Sioux Falls, as well as the communities of Renner, Crooks and Lyons in Minnehaha County and the communities of Tea and Harrisburg in Lincoln County. For more information, visit the Company's web site at

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