Treatment pathways and quality improvement for patients with acute myocardial infarction at a tertiary care center.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The timely diagnosis and treatment of acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) have become paramount to improving outcomes in this population. Many states, including North Carolina, have established systems to guide regional emergency providers in caring for STEMI. We describe the current pathway for diagnosis and treatment of STEMI for providers referring patients to Duke University Hospital, including a system for expedited patient transport and activation of the cardiac catheterization laboratory from a wide referral base. There is also a structured process for review of cases and quality improvement, which incorporates physicians, administrators, and emergency medical personnel.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Steinberg, BA; Jollis, JG; Winkler, A; Granger, C; Newby, LK

Published Date

  • June 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 77 - 80

PubMed ID

  • 22595818

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1535-2811

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/HPC.0b013e318252990c


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States