False Activation of Cath Lab Associated with Efforts Aimed at Decreasing Door to Balloon Times

From ACEP News:

Recent cuts in the door-to-balloon time for treating patients hospitalized with an acute myocardial infarction came with the cost of increased “false alarm” activations of the hospital’s emergency coronary-catheterization laboratory team.

At the University of Michigan, the rate of coronary-catheterization lab activations that proved unnecessary because patients did not have ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI) jumped from 23% of all activations in 2007 to 48% in 2011, Dr. Geoffrey D. Barnes and his associates reported in a poster at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology.

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