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Telemedicine fighting acute coronary syndromes.
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PMID:  20832815     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
INTRODUCTION: Telemedicine allows exchange of information and has therefore become an important tool for optimizing patient treatment in the field of cardiology. Transmission of electrocardiograms (ECGs) from the prehospital setting to the receiving hospital is the most widespread technology in the prehospital setting. Providing a diagnostic ECG from patients with acute coronary syndromes to health care professionals with decision-making power has proven pivotal for an early diagnosis, ideal triage, and initiation of reperfusion therapy of the large group of patients presenting with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This urgent triage could be expanded to several diagnosis in cardiology, primarily the non-ST-elevation presenters.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present article is to briefly describe the history the teletransmitted ECG and some of the recent results obtained when used in routine practice for acute triage and referral for primary percutaneous coronary intervention.
CONCLUSIONS: Transmitting 12-lead ECGs from the community directly to attending cardiologists should become routine. Time to reperfusion in STEMI has decreased, explaining much of the observed decrease in STEMI mortality. This technology allows for increasingly complex and individualized prehospital medical care and could be expanded to a broader number of cardiovascular diagnoses.
Peter Clemmensen; Søren Loumann-Nielsen; Maria Sejersten
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of electrocardiology     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1532-8430     ISO Abbreviation:  J Electrocardiol     Publication Date:    2010 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-02     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:  615-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Department of Cardiology, The Heart Center and the Trauma Center, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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