Accelerator-2: Streamlined Regional STEMI Care Speeds Up Treatment, Lowers Mortality
In 12 U.S. cities, the implementation of regionalized treatment protocols to diagnose and treat acute myocardial infarction led to significant declines in treatment times, according to the results of a new study. In addition to an improvement in the time from first medical contact to device implantation across several U.S. regions, researchers also observed significant reductions in the risks of mortality and heart failure. Kirk Garratt, MD, president of the
Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
, was also impressed with the results. Speaking with TCTMD, he noted that the first phase of the Mission: Lifeline project demonstrated that it was possible to implement processes of care, but the overall results were somewhat underwhelming.
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