Stopping infusions before PCI transfer

An interhospital transport service introduced a no infusions policy for patients being transferred for primary coronary intervention, instead giving a bolus of heparin and glycoprotein 2b-3a inhibitor prior to transfer, along with non-intravenous nitrates (if needed). Discontinuing infusions during transport resulted in a significant reduction in transport times with no adverse effect on hospital length of stay or mortality. It did not significantly extend the time the patient spent in the catheterisation laboratory, nor did it impact the incidence of TIMI III flow. It did not impact the incidence of readmission to the hospital for cardiac-related chief complaints.

Transporting without infusions: effect on door-to-needle time for acute coronary syndrome patients
Prehosp Emerg Care. 2010 Apr 6;14(2):159-63

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