Research Article

Early treatment of myocardial infarction in the community.

Br Med J 1978; 2 doi: (Published 21 October 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;2:1143
  1. F G Dunn,
  2. S Elms,
  3. D I Melville,
  4. T D Lawrie,
  5. T S Murray


    The prehospital management of acute myocardial infarction by general practitioners and emergency-treatment service physicians was analysed in 53 patients. The correct clinical diagnosis was made or suggested before admission in 47 patients. Only 25 patients received analgesics from the general practitioner, and 32 were still in pain and needed diamorphine on admission to hospital. Only one patient received antiarrythmic treatment. The findings suggest that, despite accurate clinical diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction, deficiencies exist in the prehospital phase of management and that education programmes are worth consideration.