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Jessica Zègre-Hemsey, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Phone: (919) 966-5490
Specialty Area: Adult Health, Cardiovascular Nursing, Emergency Department Triage, Outcomes Research, Systems/Policy/Informatics

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 5103

Dr. Zègre-Hemsey investigates strategies to advance care and improve outcomes for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and other time-sensitive cardiovascular conditions.  Specifically, her work aims to optimize both early and accurate diagnosis of time-sensitive conditions by 1) cardiac monitoring (electrocardiography) and other non-invasive physiological measures, and 2) integration of novel technologies into systems of care, both in the prehospital and acute care settings.  The overall goal of this work is to enhance triage, risk stratification, clinical decision-making, and patient access to definitive care. Dr. Zègre-Hemsey is an emergency department nurse with a PhD in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  She is also an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) with a focus on critical-care trauma.  Dr. Zègre-Hemsey holds an adjunct appointment in the UNC School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Keywords:  acute coronary syndrome, cardiovascular disease, emergency cardiac care, cardiovascular systems of care, electrocardiography, ST-segment monitoring, non-invasive physiologic monitoring, symptom science, alarm fatigue.

Zègre-Hemsey J.K., Sommargren C.E., & Drew B.J. (2015). Normal prehospital electrocardiography is linked to long-term survival in patients presenting to the emergency department with symptoms of acute coronary syndrome. Journal of Electrocardiology, 48(4), 520-6.

Drew B.J., Harris P.R., Zègre-Hemsey J.K., Mammone T, Schindler D, Salas-Boni R, Bai Y, Tinoco A, Ding Q, & Hu X (2014).  Insights into the Problem of Alarm Fatigue with Physiologic Monitor Devices:  A Comprehensive Observational Study of Consecutive Intensive Care Unit Patients.  PLOS ONE, 9(10), e110274.

Zègre-Hemsey J.K., Dracup K., Fleischmann K.E., Sommargren C.E., Paul S.M., & Drew B.J. (2013). Pre-hospital ECG manifestations of acute myocardial ischemia are an independent predictor of adverse hospital outcomes.  Journal of Emergency Medicine, 44(5), 955-961.

Zègre-Hemsey J.K., Dracup K., Fleischmann K.E., Sommargren C.E., & Drew B.J. (2012). Pre-hospital 12-lead ST-segment monitoring improves the early diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome.  Journal of Electrocardiology, 45(3), 266-271.

Zègre-Hemsey J.K., Sommargren C.E., & Drew B.J. (2011). Initial ECG acquisition within 10 minutes of arrival to the emergency department:  time and gender differences.  Journal of Emergency Nursing, 37(1):  109-12.

Winkler C., Funk M., Drew B., Schindler D., Zègre-Hemsey J.K., & O’Leary J. (2009). Arrhythmias in patients with acute coronary syndromes in the first 24 hours of emergency department admission during the postreperfusion era.  Journal of Electrocardiology, 42(6), 422-7.

2016-2018 National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Grant #: 1KL2TR001109. Project Title: Optimizing Electrocardiographic Methods for the Early Identification of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction in Prehospital Cardiac Care. Role: PI.

2014-2015 Support Pilots for Advancing Research and Knowledge Award, Research Support Center University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Project Title: Prehospital Electrocardiography for Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome: Assessment of Current Utilization in North Carolina. Role: PI.