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Do clinical pathways enhance access to evidence-based acute myocardial infarction treatment in rural emergency departments?ajr_1262 59..66


Kinsman, LD and Rotter, T and Willis, J and Snow, PC and Buykx, P and Humphreys, JS, Do clinical pathways enhance access to evidence-based acute myocardial infarction treatment in rural emergency departments?ajr_1262 59..66, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20 pp. 59-66. ISSN 1038-5282 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 The Authors Australian Journal of Rural Health and Copyright 2012 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-1584.2012.01262.x


Objective: The objective of this study is to measure the impact of a five-step implementation process for an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) clinical pathway (CPW) on thrombolytic administration in rural emergency departments.

Design: Cluster randomised controlled trial. Setting: Six rural Victorian emergency departments participated. Intervention: The five-step CPW implementation process comprised (i) engaging clinicians; (ii) CPW development; (iii) reminders; (iv) education; and (v) audit and feedback.

Main outcome measures: The impact of the intervention was assessed by measuring the proportion of eligible AMI patients receiving a thrombolytic and time to thrombolysis and electrocardiogram.

Results: Nine hundred and fifteen medical records were audited, producing a final sample of 108 patients eligible for thrombolysis. There was no significant difference between intervention and control groups for median door-to-needle time (29 mins versus 29 mins; P = 0.632), proportion of those eligible receiving a thrombolytic (78% versus 84%; P = 0.739), median time to electrocardiogram (7 mins versus 6 mins;P = 0.669) and other outcome measures. Results showed superior outcome measures than other published studies.

Conclusions: The lack of impact of the implementation process for a chest pain CPW on thrombolytic delivery or time to electrocardiogram in these rural hospitals can be explained by a ceiling effect in outcome measures but was also compromised by the small sample. Results suggest that quality of AMI treatment in rural emergency departments (EDs) is high and does not contribute to the worse mortality rate reported for AMIs in rural areas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:clinical pathways, emergency treatment, myocardial infarction, rural health services, thrombolytic therapy
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health care administration
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Kinsman, LD (Professor Leigh Kinsman)
ID Code:97753
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2015-01-13
Last Modified:2018-03-29

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