This month, we will address the question of whether or not EMS pre-hospital cath lab activation has a meaningful effect on outcomes or quality metrics by reviewing the papers listed below. Unfortunately, there is no podcast for this month.
Papers to be reviewed:
Camp-Rogers T, Dante S, Kontos MC, Roberts CS, Kreisa L, Kurz MC. The impact of prehospital activation of the cardiac catheterization team on time to treatment for patients presenting with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction. Am J Emerg Med. 2011 Nov;29(9):1117-24.
Sivagangabalan G, Ong AT, Narayan A, Sadick N, Hansen PS, Nelson GC, Flynn M, Ross DL, Boyages SC, Kovoor P. Effect of prehospital triage on revascularization times, left ventricular function, and survival in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol. 2009 Apr 1;103(7):907-12.