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.Method:
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.Results:
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.Discussion:
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.