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Hospitals improve on “door to needle” time

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1516
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    More than three quarters of patients having a heart attack are given thrombolytic drugs within 30 minutes of reaching a hospital, according to results from an audit of hospitals in England and Wales published last week.

    The third public report of the Myocardial Infarction National Audit Project (MINAP)—a regular audit assessing the care of patients taken to hospital after a myocardial infarction—showed that most hospitals were now reaching the “30-minute door-to-needle” goal for giving patients thrombolytic drugs.

    When the project started, in 2000, few hospitals reached the goal that 75% of eligible patients should receive thrombolytic drugs within 30 minutes of arriving at hospital. In the first six months of 2001, fewer than 50% of patients received treatment in 30 minutes. However, new data for the first three months of …

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