Pavement to PCI

Coronary artery disease can lead to a sudden occlusion of a coronary artery, causing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. For some patients, unblocking the artery by emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the only chance they have of restoring spontaneous circulation. These patients require rapid assessment, decision-making and transport directly a cathlab with ongoing CPR. The Resuscitation Research Group is working closely with the Cardiology and Intensive Care teams at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and has established a ‘Pavement-to-PCI’ pathway.  This allows select out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients to be transported directly to the cathlab with on-going mechanical CPR. We look forward to reporting on the impact of this novel pathway soon!