A STEMI Code Protocol Improves Door-to-Balloon Time on Weekdays and Weekends


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Abstract: Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has emerged as the standard of care for the management of ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI). Only 32% of patients with STEMI receive this procedure within the recommended 90 min for door-to-balloon time (DTB). We reviewed all STEMI cases that presented to our institution before and after the implementation of a STEMI Code protocol. Before the STEMI Code protocol, 27.1% of weekday cases and 6.3% of weekend cases were performed within 90 min. After the STEMI Code protocol, there was a threefold increase in the number of patients who received PCI within 90 min (p<.0001). A STEMI Code protocol dramatically improves DTB and equalizes disparities between weekday and weekend care.