Heartwarming news for NHS hospital trust; HEALTH.
MID Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust is beating the national average for prompt delivery of life-saving treatment for heart attack patients.
A leading cardiology specialist today praised local doctors, nurses and paramedics for their "excellent"
performance in administering clot-busting drugs called thrombolysis thrombolysis /throm·bol·y·sis/ (throm-bol´i-sis) dissolution of a thrombus.
n. pl. throm·bol·y·ses
Dissolution or destruction of a thrombus. to patients swiftly after a heart attack.
Figures released by the Royal College of Physicians' Myocardial Infarction myocardial infarction: see under infarction. National Audit Project show the Mid Staffordshire Trust is now well above average on target times for delivering thrombolysis.
It also has a first rate record for giving follow-up medication when coronary patients leave hospital.
The government's target is for patients identified as suffering from a lack of blood supply to part of the muscle in the heart - known as myocardial infarction - to be given thrombolysis within 60 minutes of a call-out or within 30 minutes of going through the doors of a hospital.
The MINAP MINAP Myocardial Infarction National Audit Project figures show that, during 2006-07, the Mid Staffordshire Trust met the 60 minute target in 74 per cent of cases, compared with a national average of 64 per cent.
The 30-minute target was met in 89 per cent of cases, compared to 83 per cent nationally.