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Jessica Zègre-Hemsey, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

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

Office: 5103

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.