Journal article

Timely treatment for acute myocardial infarction and health outcomes: An integrative review of the literature

Lorelle Martin, Maria Murphy, Andrew Scanlon, Carolyn Naismith, David Clark, Omar Farouque

Australian Critical Care | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Coronary heart disease is the most common condition affecting Australians. The time sensitive nature of treating ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has been the subject of extensive research for several years. Despite important advances in strategies to reduce time to treatment, time continues to represent a major determinant of mortality and morbidity. Door to balloon time (DTBT) is a key indicator of quality of care for STEMI. Nurses play a pivotal role in streamlining the care processes to influence timely management of STEMI. PURPOSE: The aim of this paper is to review the evidence on the time to treat STEMI, the associated factors impacting upon health outcom..

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