The "door-to-needle blitz" in acute myocardial infarction: the impact of a CQI project.

@article{Gilutz1998TheB,
  title={The "door-to-needle blitz" in acute myocardial infarction: the impact of a CQI project.},
  author={Harel Gilutz and Alexander Battler and Ian Rabinowitz and Yifat Snir and Avi Porath and Gad Rabinowitz},
  journal={The Joint Commission journal on quality improvement},
  year={1998},
  volume={24 6},
  pages={323-33}
}
BACKGROUND A continuous quality improvement (CQI) project was conducted at Soroka Medical Center in Beer-Sheva, Israel, in an effort to identify and address causes of delays in thrombolytic therapy in patients arriving at a high-volume (160,000 patients per year) emergency department with acute myocardial infarction and thereby reduce the "door-to-needle time" (DTNT). The study had four phases: preintervention survey, peri-intervention process redesign, postintervention evaluation, and follow… CONTINUE READING