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

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Abstract

Introduction:

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.

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