APOLLO CUTS TIME TO TREAT HEART ATTACK PATIENTS
The most common life-saving procedure to remove a block in the heart is through balloon angioplasty, stenting or other percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) that widens the narrowed blood vessels.
The time that it takes for a patient suffering a heart attack to receive balloon angioplasty or any other treatment from the moment they walk through the hospital doors is known as ‘door-to-balloon time’.
Apollo Hospitals has succeeded in reducing the ‘doorto-balloon’ time to less than 60 minutes as against the internationally recommended timeframe of 90 minutes by the American College of Cardiology, saving many lives in the process.
This achievement is even more praiseworthy amidst the pandemic situation considering the challenges of Covid-19 precautions that need to be taken with every patient who comes to the hospital.
The measures instituted by Apollo Hospitals to achieve this landmark success included ensuring round the clock availability of qualified and well-trained emergency medicine doctors along with an expert cardiology team and nursing and paramedical staff. Round-the-clock Cath lab facilities ensured no delay in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure for balloon angioplasty, the hospital has said.