N.C. STEMI program improves care for heart attack patients

01/15/2013 | Reuters

A North Carolina program that encourages ambulances to deliver patients with an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction directly to hospitals that perform stent procedures has improved patient care, according to a study in Circulation. Study data showed 46% of patients taken to a stent-ready hospital had surgery within 90 minutes of being seen by paramedics, compared with less than 22% of those taken to a hospital that was not equipped to do the procedure.

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