Orlando, Fla—Health care workers understand the importance of quick delivery of reperfusion therapy for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).
Studies have shown that hospitals and their staffs can often shorten the time between a patient's arrival and initiation of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or delivery of fibrinolytic therapy to clear an arterial blockage. Yet many institutions have not shaved off those potentially lifesaving minutes.
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