A regional system to provide timely access to percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-elevation myocardial infarction

  • Henry T
  • Sharkey S
  • Burke M
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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is superior to fibrinolysis when performed in a timely manner in high-volume centers. Recent European trials suggest that transfer for PCI also may be superior to fibrinolysis and increase access to PCI. In the United States, transfer times are consistently long; therefore, many believe a transfer for PCI strategy for STEMI is not practical. METHODS AND RESULTS: We developed a standardized PCI-based treatment system for STEMI patients from 30 hospitals up to 210 miles from a PCI center. From March 2003 to November 2006, 1345 consecutive STEMI patients were treated, including 1048 patients transferred from non-PCI hospitals. The median first door-to-balloon time for patients /=80 years of age], 14.6%), in-hospital mortality was 4.2%, and median length of stay was 3 days. CONCLUSIONS: Rapid transfer of STEMI patients from community hospitals up to 210 miles from a PCI center is safe and feasible using a standardized protocol with an integrated transfer system

Author-supplied keywords

  • Angioplasty
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Point-of-care systems
  • Stents

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