Availability of thrombolytic therapy in the emergency room

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
Record ID 31998008915
Authors' objectives: This report considers current evidence and opinion on the availability of electrocardiographic (ECG) and thrombolysis facilities in the emergency room.
Authors' recommendations: This report concludes that there is clear consensus that diagnosis with ECG of suspected MI cases, and initiation of thrombolytic therapy in those who have a positive diagnosis should be initiated as soon as possible after admission to the hospital. In some health care systems, pre-admission ECG data have been shown to be beneficial in reducing delays. The means of ensuring that any delays in ECG diagnosis and administration of thrombolytic therapy are kept to a minimum will vary from hospital to hospital. However, opinion would appear to strongly favour the provision of these technologies within the emergency department. Effective use of ECG tests and thrombolysis in the emergency department setting will require appropriate resources and training.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1996
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Electrocardiography
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Thrombolytic Therapy
  • Myocardial Infarction
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
Contact Address: 1200, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 3N4. Tel: +1 780 448 4881; Fax: +1 780 448 0018;
Contact Name: djuzwishin@ihe.ca
Contact Email: djuzwishin@ihe.ca
Copyright: Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
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