Audit finds improvements in time to treatment after heart attack

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:119
  1. Toby Reynolds
  1. BMJ

    Nearly two thirds of patients in England who had a heart attack in 2006-7 were given thrombolytic treatment within 60 minutes of calling for professional help—a marked improvement on the time to treatment in the previous year—an audit of hospitals has found.

    The sixth public report of the myocardial infarction national audit project (MINAP), a regular audit of emergency care in England and Wales of people who have had heart attacks, also showed that mortality at 30 days after admission to hospital among patients with myocardial infarction had fallen from 12.4% to 11.2% over the past three years.

    In England in 2006-7 64% of patients received thrombolysis within 60 minutes of calling for help. This fell short …

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