Systems-based improvement in door-to-balloon times at a large urban teaching hospital: a follow-up study from Parkland Health and Hospital System.

@article{Parikh2009SystemsbasedII,
  title={Systems-based improvement in door-to-balloon times at a large urban teaching hospital: a follow-up study from Parkland Health and Hospital System.},
  author={Shailja V. Parikh and D. Brent Treichler and Sheila DePaola and Jennifer Sharpe and Marisa Valdes and Tayo A. Addo and Sandeep R. Das and Darren K McGuire and James A. de Lemos and Ellen C. Keeley and John J. Warner and Elizabeth M Holper},
  journal={Circulation. Cardiovascular quality and outcomes},
  year={2009},
  volume={2 2},
  pages={116-22}
}
BACKGROUND Timely reperfusion in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients improves clinical outcomes. Implementing strategies to target institutional-specific delays are crucial for improved patient care. METHODS AND RESULTS Using a novel strategy to analyze specific components of door-to-balloon time (DBT) at our institution, we previously identified several specific interval delays in our prior STEMI protocol. We then implemented 4 strategies to reduce DBT: (1) emergency… CONTINUE READING