Too Much Emphasis on Door-to-Balloon Time?

One of the great medical advances in recent years has been the improved treatment of acute myocardial infarction. As the enormous benefits of earlier reperfusion became evident, medical systems in many parts of the world aimed to treat increasing numbers of patients in a shorter time frame. The door-to-balloon (D2B) time as a performance measure has emerged as a key part of this initiative. Now a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that in-hospital mortality for acute MI patients receiving PCI has not fallen despite improvements in the D2B time. But some experts fear this finding may be misinterpreted, as it more accurately reflects a growing and changing population receiving PCI than any shortcomings in the D2B initiative.

Using the CathPCI Registry of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, Daniel Menees and colleagues analyzed data from almost 100,000 hospital admissions for primary PCI between July 2005 and June 2009.

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