Diane Alfano

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INTRODUCTION AND AIM Post-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) length of hospital stay (LOHS) is one of the key modifiers of hospital cost and quality assessment. Commencing 2000, the cardiovascular services at our institution engaged in a continuous quality improvement program to reduce post-PCI LOHS. METHODS All PCI patients were screened for(More)
AIM To assess the effects of shortened door-to-intervention (DTI) time on appropriate clinical decisions regarding the four most critical and costly decisions during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI): cath-lab activation (CLA), use of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (GPI), use of PCI, and deployment of drug-eluting stent (DES). BACKGROUND(More)
BACKGROUND Ectopic origin of the right coronary artery (RCA) occurs in approximately 1.0% of studied populations. We investigated the prevalence and location of ectopic RCAs among patients undergoing coronary angiography (CA) and assessed its effects on resource utilization. METHODS Cases of ectopic RCAs were prospectively collected over 21 months among(More)
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