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Pre-alert calls for primary PCI: a single-centre experience

October 2015 Br J Cardiol 2015;22:157 doi:10.5837/bjc.2015.035 Online First

Pre-alert calls for primary PCI: a single-centre experience

Jennifer A Rossington, Stephen F Cole, Yasmin Zaidy, Michael S Cunnington, Richard M Oliver

Abstract

Introduction Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) is the preferred management for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI),1 and guidance committees have universally adopted this strategy as the ‘gold standard’ of care.2-4 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines mandate that PPCI is not only accessible to the entire population of the UK, but also that this is delivered in a timely fashion.4 Therefore, the early identification of appropriate STEMI patients for PPCI is essential, but this can be complicated due to the volume of patients, inadequate training and experience of frontline emergency car

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