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Benchmarking ambulance call-to-needle times for thrombolysis after myocardial infarction in Australia: a pilot study

Kelly, Anne-Maree and Kerr, Debra and Patrick, Ian and Walker, Tony (2002) Benchmarking ambulance call-to-needle times for thrombolysis after myocardial infarction in Australia: a pilot study. Internal medical journal, 32. pp. 138-142. ISSN 1445-5994

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Abstract

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. 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cadiovascular disease, emergency treatment, ambulance, Western Hospital, Melbourne
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
FOR Classification > 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2013 05:39
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2013 03:37
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/21898
DOI: 10.1046/j.1444-0903.2001.00197.x
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