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Assessment of Transportation by Air for Patients with Acute ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction from Non-PCI Centers

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Medical Department, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati, 800008 Galati, Romania
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Research Center in the Field of Social Sciences, “Stefan cel Mare” University, 720229 Suceava, Romania
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Emergency Department, Faculty of Medicine, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 700115 Iasi, Romania
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Derma Clinique, 121 Pacurari Street, 700523 Iasi, Romania
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Academy of Romanian Scientists (AOSR), 050094 Bucharest, Romania
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ARHEOINVEST Centrum, Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, 700506 Iasi, Romania
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Romanian Inventors Forum, 3 Sf. P. Movila Street, 700089 Iasi, Romania
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These authors contributed equally to this paper as senior authors.
Academic Editor: Tim Kilner
Healthcare 2021, 9(3), 299; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030299
Received: 21 January 2021 / Revised: 20 February 2021 / Accepted: 3 March 2021 / Published: 8 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urgent and Acute Prehospital Care)
The aim of this study was to assess the delays that can potentially occur in the emergency transfer of patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) centers. We conducted a retrospective study using the medical reports pertaining to 97 patients who presented to the Emergency Department of the Emergency County Hospital of Galati during the year of 2018 with the diagnosis of STEMI and meeting eligibility criteria for PCI, thus warranting transfer to a hospital with PCI facilities. The pick-up time of patients diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction from the emergency department by the transfer crew is significantly shorter (p < 0.05) than those transferred by air, regardless of the PCI center to which the transfer was performed, Iasi or Bucharest, when compared to the time required to process the patients transferred by land to the same PCI centers. The results of the study shows that the helicopter use for transferring acute myocardial infarction patients to a PCI center must be considered, given the distance between non-PCI and PCI centers is over 200 km. View Full-Text
Keywords: helicopter emergency medical service; percutaneous coronary intervention; ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction; ground emergency medical systems helicopter emergency medical service; percutaneous coronary intervention; ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction; ground emergency medical systems
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Trifan, A.L.; Dragomir, L.; Anghele, M.; Elkan, E.M.; Munteanu, S.; Moscu, C.; Stoian, V.-I.; Telehuz, A.; Zlati, M.L.; Lungu, M.; Voinescu, D.C.; Cimpoesu, D.C.; Stoleriu, G.; Sandu, I.; Sapira, V. Assessment of Transportation by Air for Patients with Acute ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction from Non-PCI Centers. Healthcare 2021, 9, 299. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030299

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Trifan AL, Dragomir L, Anghele M, Elkan EM, Munteanu S, Moscu C, Stoian V-I, Telehuz A, Zlati ML, Lungu M, Voinescu DC, Cimpoesu DC, Stoleriu G, Sandu I, Sapira V. Assessment of Transportation by Air for Patients with Acute ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction from Non-PCI Centers. Healthcare. 2021; 9(3):299. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030299

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Trifan, Angel L., Liliana Dragomir, Mihaela Anghele, Eva M. Elkan, Sorina Munteanu, Cosmina Moscu, Valerian-Ionuț Stoian, Anca Telehuz, Monica L. Zlati, Mihaiela Lungu, Doina C. Voinescu, Diana C. Cimpoesu, Gabriela Stoleriu, Ion Sandu, and Violeta Sapira. 2021. "Assessment of Transportation by Air for Patients with Acute ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction from Non-PCI Centers" Healthcare 9, no. 3: 299. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030299

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