Jessica Zègre-Hemsey, PhD, RN
Phone: (919) 966-5490
Specialty Area: Cardiovascular disease, Emergency Nursing, Outcomes Research, Physiological monitoring
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Dr. Zègre-Hemsey's research focuses on strategies to advance care and optimize outcomes for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and other time-sensitive cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, her work aims to improve the early and accurate diagnosis of these conditions with (1) cardiac monitoring (electrocardiography) and other non-invasive physiological measures, and (2) implementation of evidence-based innovations into systems of care, both in the prehospital and acute care settings. Her goal is to enhance triage, risk stratification, clinical decision-making, and patient access to definitive cardiovascular 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., Pickham D., & Pelter M.M. (2016). Electrocardiographic indicators of acute coronary syndrome are more common in patients with ambulance transport compared to those who self-transport to the emergency department. Journal of Electrocardiology, 49(6), 944-950.
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). Prehospital 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., 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.