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MURPHY, AW,POWER, R,UNGRUH, K,BURY, G
1992
October
Irish Journal Of Medical Science
PREHOSPITAL MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE MYOCARDIAL-INFARCTION
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Two-hundred and eleven Irish GPs responded to a questionnaire survey of their experience and management of acute myocardial infarction (MI) and their attitudes to the use of thrombolytic therapy. Three-quarters of the respondents felt they dealt with three or more MIs per year; most felt that the majority of MIs were initially seen by a GP. Diagnosis is based on clinical findings; only 11% routinely take an ECG. Management is largely oriented to relief of pain but intravenous narcotics are only used by a minority.Hospital referral for suspected acute MI was the preferred choke for almost all GPs in a variety of patient-care scenarios. Home care for MI was chosen only for a minority of elderly patients when some hours had elapsed since the onset of symptoms.Definitive guidelines on the pre-hospital use of thrombolysis are not yet available. However, eighty per cent of respondents in this study feel that thrombolysis is beneficial and many feel that it has value in the pre-hospital situation. Respondents identified educational, organisational and financial problems to be overcome before this could happen.
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