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Paramedics as decision makers on the activation of the catheterization laboratory in the presence of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20832811     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
MATERIALS AND METHODS: To minimize delays in time to reperfusion in an urban-suburban North Carolina County, Guilford County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro, NC, have collaborated to use the acquisition of 12-lead electrocardiographs and their paramedic interpretation to initiate the catheterization laboratory team and cardiologist; independent of over read by a physician. The study population of 91 patients was divided into the catheterization laboratory activation by EMS and catheterization laboratory activation by the emergency department physician (ED-MD) groups, and also by EMS and self-transported groups.
RESULTS: The EMS group had shorter median time intervals from hospital door to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with balloon inflation than those patients who self-transported to the hospital. Also, patients who were treated during the EMS activation of the catheterization laboratory phase had shorter median hospital door to PCI times than those who were treated during ED-MD activation of the catheterization laboratory.
CONCLUSION: The time from hospital arrival to PCI with balloon inflation was significantly shorter during the period in which EMS activated the catheterization laboratory than during the period the laboratory was activated by hospital staff. Thus, paramedics with quality electrocardiogram interpretation training and education can identify patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction and properly activate the catheterization laboratory.
Dwayne R Young; Marc Murinson; Charles Wilson; Belinda Hammond; Mary Welch; Vicki Block; Sheryl Booth; William Tedder; Karen Dolby; Jackie Roh; Robert Beaton; John Edmunds; Mark Young; Vermell Rice; Cheryl Somers; Robin Edwards; Charles Maynard; Galen S Wagner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of electrocardiology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1532-8430     ISO Abbreviation:  J Electrocardiol     Publication Date:    2011 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0153605     Medline TA:  J Electrocardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Guilford County Emergency Medical Services, 1002 Meadowood Street, Greensboro, NC 27409, USA.
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