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“Door to Balloon” time is less than 90 minutes from EMS arrival 100 percent of the time
“Door to Balloon” time is less than 90 minutes from EMS arrival 100 percent of the time, less than 90 minutes on first medical contact almost 70 percent of the time, and less than 90 minutes for walk-in to device about 85 percent of the time.
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    Heart Attack? TBHC is FAST!

    July 23, 2019

    Door-to-Balloon Speed. Just Look at the Metrics!

    For nearly 1 million residents, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), in collaboration with Mount Sinai Heart, is a lifesaver. Having a hospital close by that offers percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) services allows patients in cardiac emergencies to get fast care without traveling far. With heart emergencies, time saved equals lives saved.

    Recent statistics show that TBHC patients save even more time because our “door-to-balloon” performance is speedy. According to the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, the recommended time from a first medical contact to cardiac intervention in minutes is 90 minutes or less. We are consistently doing much better than that.

    TBHC clocks in less than 90 minutes from EMS arrival to intervention 100 percent of the time (as opposed to the overall New York State figure of 87.7 percent). For first medical contact to balloon, we are beating 90 minutes 68.8 percent of the time, and for walk-in patients to device, 85.7 percent of the time — all consistently better than New York State percentages.

    Just how fast? TBHC’s median time beats the recommended time by more than half. 

    These accomplishments rest on a longstanding record of excellence. Srinivas Kesanakurthy, MD, Director of our Brooklyn Heart Center says, “With a full-service cardiac catheterization lab, our heart experts offer a full spectrum of quality cardiac care. When every second counts, our community can count on TBHC before, during and after a cardiac event.”

    Door to Balloon time graph

    “Door to Balloon” time is less than 90 minutes from EMS arrival 100 percent of the time, less than 90 minutes on first medical contact almost 70 percent of the time, and less than 90 minutes for walk-in to device about 85 percent of the time.

    First medical contact time graph

    In the last two quarters of 2018, first medical contact to cardiac intervention is nearly half the recommended time, a speedy 42 and 44 minutes!