Improvement of Door-to-Electrocardiogram Time Using the First-Nurse Role in the ED Setting

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This quality improvement project compared door-to-electrocardiogram (ECG) times for patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome within a community hospital emergency department before and after first-nurse (emergency nurse stationed in the ED waiting room) training.


Door-to-ECG time was compared before and after the educational intervention using Acute Coronary Treatment and Intervention Outcomes Network (ACTION) registry data reported by the facility.


Statistical significance was not achieved using a 2-group t-test. However, when comparing monthly means, data trend lines showed favorable improvement for door-to-ECG time after the intervention.


Limitations included using only those patients in the ACTION registry and not accounting for RN turnover with first-nurse education. Future studies should focus on all patients presenting with symptoms of acute coronary syndrome as well as other patients presenting with time-sensitive needs to determine the efficacy of the first-nurse role.

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