ECG Transmission from Ambulance Cuts Time to Direct Clot Removal
Heart Attack Treatment
When emergency medical technicians (EMTs) wirelessly transmit eletrocardiograms (ECG) directly to a cardiologist's hand-held device, heart attack patients can potentially receive direct clot removal in half the usual time, according to cardiologists at Duke University Medical Center and NorthEast Medical Center, Concord, N.C.
Cutting this "door-to-reperfusion" time is critical, the cardiologists said, because the sooner a patient suffering from a heart attack receives an artery-opening procedure, the more likely heart muscle can be saved, and that the patient will potentially derive a survival benefit.
While the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association recommend that patients have their arteries opened directly within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital