Data on eligibility for thrombolytic treatment cannot be generalised

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7062.941c (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:941
  1. Adam D Timmis, Consultant cardiologist
  1. London Chest Hospital, London E2 9JX

    EDITOR,—John K French and colleagues conclude that only about half of patients admitted to coronary care units with definite or probable myocardial infarction are eligible for thrombolytic treatment, with most of the remainder presenting more than 12 hours after the onset of symptoms.1 This rather low rate of eligibility, based on local data from Auckland, should not be regarded as a universal standard. At Newham General Hospital in east London the …

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