Jessica Zegre-Hemsey, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

jzhemsey@email.unc.edu

919.966.5490

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 optimize outcomes for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and other time-sensitive cardiovascular conditions.  Her research aims to improve triage and identification with (1) cardiac monitoring (electrocardiography) and other non-invasive physiological measures, and (2) implementation of evidence-based innovations into systems of care, both in prehospital and acute care settings.

Dr. Zègre-Hemsey is currently the principal investigator of an interdisciplinary study that seeks to better understand the diagnostic accuracy of prehospital electrocardiography in patients transported by ambulance for symptoms suspicious of ACS (National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Grant KL2TR001109).  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 faculty appointment in the UNC School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Keywords:  acute coronary syndrome, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular systems of care, electrocardiography, ST-segment monitoring, triage and risk stratification, symptoms, emergency department, emergency medical services, alarm fatigue.

2017, American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Early Career Travel Grant

2015, American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Early Career Research Travel Stipend

2014, Laurel Archer Copp Literary Achievement Award, UNC School of Nursing

Selected Publications

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), 520-526.

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., 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 Electrcardiology, 45(3), 266-271.

Current:

2016-2019, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Grant KL2TR0011009.  Project Title:  Optimizing Electrocardiographic Methods for the Early Identification of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction in Prehospital Cardiac Care.  Role:  PI

Past (Selected):

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

 

Acute coronary syndrome
Electrocardiography; physiological monitoring
Outcomes research
Emergency nursing