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Protocol-driven heart attack care proves effective and contagious
Date:4/4/2011

nity hospitals without cardiac catheterization labs has "dramatically improved," Henry noted, as more than 90 percent of hospitals have specific STEMI protocols. "These hospitals don't just have general protocols, but we found that they have very specific detailed protocols about medications, when to transfer these patients and what type of reperfusion therapy to use."

Compared with 2003 when 6 percent of these hospitals had protocol-specific indications for transfer to a tertiary hospital, 72 percent of hospitals now have adopted these indications. Also, 66 percent of hospitals have a formal quality improvement process for STEMI patients.

Finally, 91 percent of STEMI patients routinely transferred to a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) center, which also is mandated by the guidelines, compared with 59 percent in 2003.

Minnesota has the lowest cardiovascular mortality rate in the United States, and during this time period, that rate declined 50 percent from 2002 to 2009.

"This improvement was stimulated by regional STEMI systems which support the recent class I recommendation for STEMI systems of care in the 2009 focused update of the ACC/AHA guidelines," according to the study authors.


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Contact: Meghan Bethke
mbethke@mhif.org
612-863-5410
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
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