Costs and effectiveness of prehospital thrombolysis need to be clear

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7422.1051-a (Published 30 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1051
  1. M Kroese (markk@srl.cam.ac.uk), specialist registrar in public health medicine,
  2. D Kanka (david.kanka@southcambs-pct.nhs.uk), director of public health
  1. Public Health Genetics Unit, Cambridge CB1 8RN
  2. South Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust, Cambridge CB1 5EE

    EDITOR—Pedley et al provide further evidence that paramedical staff providing prehospital thrombolysis for acute myocardial infarction is feasible and reduces the treatment delay.1 However, no cost data were presented.

    The authors say that two extra lives might be expected to be saved per 100 patients treated. It is unclear how …

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