[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the rate of timely reperfusion for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) in regional STEMI Receiving Center (SRC) networks.
The American College of Cardiology Door-to-Balloon (D2B) Alliance target is a >75% rate of D2B <or=90 min. Independent initiatives nationwide have organized regional SRC networks that coordinate universal access to 9-1-1 with the pre-hospital electrocardiogram (PH-ECG) diagnosis of STEMI and immediate transport to a SRC (designated PPCI-capable hospital).
A pooled analysis of 10 independent, prospective, observational registries involving 72 hospitals was performed. Data were collected on all consecutive patients with a PH-ECG diagnosis of STEMI. The D2B and emergency medical services (EMS)-to-balloon (E2B) times were recorded.
Paramedics transported 2,712 patients with a PH-ECG diagnosis of STEMI directly to the nearest SRC. A PPCI was performed in 2,053 patients (76%) with an 86% rate of D2B <or=90 min (95% confidence interval: 84.4% to 87.4%). Secondary analyses of this cohort demonstrated a 50% rate of D2B <or=60 min (n = 1,031), 25% rate of D2B <or=45 min (n = 517), and an 8% rate of D2B <or=30 min (n = 155). A tertiary analysis restricted to 762 of 2,053 (37%) cases demonstrated a 68% rate of E2B <or=90 min.
Ten independent regional SRC networks demonstrated a combined 86% rate of D2B <or=90 min, and each region individually surpassed the American College of Cardiology D2B Alliance benchmark. In areas with regional SRC networks, 9-1-1 provides entire communities with timely access to quality STEMI care.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We developed a regional strategy to decrease the time to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Protocols were created for paramedics and referring hospitals to identify and directly triage all patients with STEMI to a single PCI center. Time to PCI reperfusion and in-hospital mortality were assessed in 233 consecutive patients with STEMI. Ninety-minute initial hospital door-to-patent infarct artery was achieved in 58.3% of paramedic-diagnosed and directly triaged patients compared with 37.5% of "walk-ins" to the PCI hospital and with only 5.2% of those transferred from another hospital emergency department (ED; p <0.001). Overall in-hospital mortality was 2.1%, 0% in paramedic identified patients, and 0% in those walk-ins to the PCI hospital ED compared with 4.3% for those transferred from a referring hospital ED (p = 0.007). Paramedic diagnosis of STEMI and direct triage to a prealerted interventional hospital for primary PCI was associated with a high percentage of patients achieving <90-minute infarct artery patency. Substantial delays remained for those who presented initially to a non-PCI hospital ED despite the expedited protocol. In conclusion, this observational study suggests that wider use of paramedic electrocardiographic STEMI diagnosis and direct triage to a prealerted PCI hospital catheterization team may help improve outcomes of patients with STEMI.
The American Journal of Cardiology 05/2007; 99(10):1360-3. · 3.21 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Most pilots survive airplane crash landings in small airplanes. Factors associated with pilot death have not been well studied.
To identify factors associated with fatalities in general aviation airplane crash landings.
The United States.
All pilots in general aviation crash landings of airplanes with 10 seats or fewer, from 1983 through 1992.
Pilots died in 437 (5.2%) of 8411 crash landings. A fire or explosion on the ground was strongly associated with pilot death (relative risk [RR], 20.4; 95% confidence interval [CI], 15.5-26.9), adjusted for pilot age, pilot flight hours, type of landing gear, and the filing of an instrument flight plan. Pilots who failed to use both lap belt and shoulder harness were more likely to die (adjusted RR, 6.8; 95% CI, 1.8-25.5), as were those who used only the lap belt (adjusted RR, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.3-2.2), compared with pilots who used both restraints.
Pilots may be able to reduce their risk of death in a crash landing by using lap and shoulder restraints.
JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 10/1998; 280(11):997-9. · 29.98 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We studied the effects of fiberoptic upper intestinal endoscopy on blood oxygenation and cardiac rhythm in 13 patients. Six patients had normal pulmonary function or mild obstruction to air flow. None of these developed arterial oxygen desaturation during endoscopy. Seven patients had moderate to severe airflow obstruction. Six of these desaturated to less than 90%; the mean +/- SEM arterial oxygen tension changed from a baseline of 75 +/- 2 mm Hg to 54 +/- 2 mm Hg during endoscopy (P less than 0.01). Electrocardiographic changes during endoscopy occurred in 5 patients, 4 of whom had moderate to severe airflow obstruction. In 3 of these patients, the ECG changes were concurrent with desaturation. Patients with moderate to severe airflow obstruction frequently become hypoxemic and may develop cardiac arrhythmias during upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.