<< Identifying Emergency Department Patients With Chest Pain Who Are at Low Risk for Acute Coronary Syndromes

Prehospital Care

Approximately 25% of patients presenting to the ED for evaluation of chest pain arrive by ambulance.1 The ECG is perhaps the most important tool available to prehospital care providers, as it can greatly affect treatment and destination decisions. It is well established that trained prehospital providers can accurately identify STEMI without physician intervention, and that prehospital activation of the cardiac catheterization laboratory reduces door-to-balloon time and improves patient outcomes.3,5

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