Delays in Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Emergency Department: Reducing Door to Drug Time
Delays related to recognition of symptoms by the patient and prompt initiation of a call for help to the Emergency Medical Services System (EMSS) have yet to be effectively addressed and are subject to ongoing studies. Recommendations relating to reducing delays in EMSS response and transport times to hospital have been addressed in Chapter 24. Reducing inappropriate delays in the emergency department is within the purview of physicians, nurses, and hospital staff and should be achievable through application of the process of continuous quality improvement.
KeywordsEmergency Department Acute Myocardial Infarction Acute Myocardial Infarction Thrombolytic Therapy Triage Nurse
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