Door to balloon times cut by 20 minutes in Victoria

Door-to-balloon times (DTBT) for patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) have been drastically cut in Melbourne hospitals but one in three patients still fall outside the benchmark of 90 minutes, a study shows.

The average door-to-balloon times for STEMI patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) fell from 95 minutes in 2006 to 75 minutes in 2011, data from the Melbourne Intervention Group registry show.

Over the same period, the proportion of patients