Taking an ambulance cuts time to reperfusion in STEMI: Australian study

Patients need to know to call an ambulance if they have chest pain, researchers say

Patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who travel to hospital by ambulance receive reperfusion therapy more quickly, an Australian study shows.

NSW ambulance in a hurry

But only 58% of people with STEMI use an ambulance to get to hospital, leading the researchers to call for better public health messaging to encourage patients to dial triple zero.

The authors analysed data from 43 hospitals across the nation that contributed data to the Cooperative National Registry of Acute Coronary Care