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Benchmarking ambulance call-to-needle times for thrombolysis after acute myocardial infarction in australia: A pilot study

AM Kelly, D Kerr, I Patrick, T Walker

Internal Medicine Journal | Published : 2002


Background: Thrombolysis for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is of greatest benefit when treatment is commenced as soon as possible after symptom onset. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) recently set a benchmark recommending that eligible patients with AMI receive thrombolytic therapy less than 90 min after calling for medical assistance. Aims: The purpose of this study was to compare the performance of an urban emergency service to this benchmark. A secondary objective was to determine whether patients treated outside this time were at a greater risk of mortality. Methods: This study consisted of an explicit retrospective analysis of medical records for all patients who pre..

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