Journal article

Changing the site of delivery of thrombolytic treatment for acute myocardial infarction from the coronary care unit to the emergency department greatly reduces door to needle time

CT Hourigan, D Mountain, PE Langton, IG Jacobs, IR Rogers, GA Jelinek, PL Thompson

Heart | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2000


OBJECTIVE: To quantify the change in door to needle time when delivery of thrombolytic treatment of acute myocardial infarction was changed from the coronary care unit to the emergency department. DESIGN: A comparative observational study using prospectively collected data. SETTING: Coronary care unit and emergency department of an Australian teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS: 89 patients receiving thrombolysis in coronary care unit between June 1994 and January 1996, and 100 patients treated in the emergency department between April 1997 and May 1998. INTERVENTIONS: From April 1997, by agreement between cardiology and emergency medicine, all patients with acute myocardial infarction receiving..

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