How readily available are primary PCI services, and how can emergency medical personnel ensure access by patients with myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack)?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: A Maziar Zafari, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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In the United States, only a minority of hospitals have the capability of performing primary PCI; therefore, a multifaceted community-wide approach that involves patient education, improvements in emergency medical services (EMS) and emergency department care, establishment of networks of STEMI-referral (non–PCI-capable) and STEMI-receiving (PCI-capable) hospitals, has been implemented to overcome this limitation. [77]


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