Factors that impact upon the time to hospital presentation following the onset of chest pain.
David McD Taylor, Devinder Garewal, Michael Carter, Michael Bailey, Anuradha Aggarwal
Emergency Medicine Australasia | Published : 2005
INTRODUCTION: Although morbidity and mortality associated with chest pain are related to time to intervention, many patients have delayed ED presentations. We aimed to assess the extent of and reasons for prehospital delay, and identify patient subgroups more at risk of delayed presentation. METHODS: This was an analytical, cross-sectional survey of patients with undifferentiated, potentially ischaemic chest pain, at a tertiary referral ED. Data were collected on the circumstances surrounding the chest pain incident (including components of total prehospital time) and the proportion of delayed presentations (defined as >3 h). Multiple linear regression determined variables significantly asso..View full abstract