Trends in race-based differences in door-to-balloon times.

  title={Trends in race-based differences in door-to-balloon times.},
  author={Jeptha P Curtis and Jeph Herrin and Dale W. Bratzler and Elizabeth H. Bradley and Harlan M. Krumholz},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  volume={170 11},
I n 2004, our group reported that black patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) were more likely to experience delays in reperfusion than white patients, primarily owing to poorer performance of hospitals with a disproportionate representation of black patients. Since that initial observation, several high-profile initiatives have sought to improve national performance on door-to-balloon (D2B) times. Accordingly, we analyzed data reported by hospitals to the Quality… CONTINUE READING
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