Delays to treatment for NSTEMI


Data completeness and analysis

Most patient who present with an NSTEMI, need urgent, but not emergency treatment. While delays are not associated with increased mortality, they are associated with an increased rate of heart attacks while waiting for treatment, and also with prolonged hospital stay.   National and international guidelines suggest that treatment should occur within 72 hours of admission.


To analyse these data we need to know about the patient’s journey through the hospital system. It is particularly important to know when they were first admitted (whether it be to a referring hospital or the PCI centre itself).


This section starts with an analysis of the completeness of the data. Only if the data are sufficiently complete for a meaningful analysis will that analysis be performed.  Hospitals whose data are inadequate are encouraged to make more efforts in data collection.