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Pages 960-961 (October 2012)
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Prehospital Thrombolysis: Two Years’ Experience of the Community of Madrid Emergency Services (SUMMA 112)
Dos años de fibrinolisis extrahospitalaria: experiencia del SUMMA 112 en la Comunidad de Madrid
Navid Behzadia,
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, Miguel A. Salinero-Fortb, Arturo de Blasc, Manuel Taboadaa, Leopoldo Pérez de Islad, José L. López-Sendóne
a Servicio Urgencias Médicas Comunidad de Madrid, SUMMA 112, Madrid, Spain
b Fundación de Investigación, Hospital Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
c Servicio Asistencia Médica de Urgencia y Rescate de Madrid, SAMUR, Madrid, Spain
d Servicio de Imagen Cardiológica, Hospital Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
e Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital Universitario La Paz. Idipaz, Madrid, Spain
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To the Editor,

In ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (STEACS), maximum myocardial salvage is achieved within the first 2h.1 During this critical period, primary angioplasty is the reperfusion strategy of choice, and fibrinolysis is reserved for patients who are outside of this time limit.2 Current delays in the transfer and management of these patients means that prehospital fibrinolysis (Fex) can be a complementary strategy in early treatment, but doubts remain about its efficacy and safety.

We designed a retrospective observational study that describes the clinical course of 102 patients with STEACS who received fibrinolysis from the Emergency Medical Service of the Community of Madrid (SUMMA 112) in 2007 and 2008 (5.13% of all patients with STEACS attended during the study period). Diagnostic criteria for STEACS were ischemic chest pain, ST-segment elevation and/or new-onset complete left branch bundle block. Following a strict protocol, Fex was administered if the clinical course of symptoms had lasted <3h (or 3-6h with time to arrival at the hospital >60min). Two diagnostic errors occurred: one myoendocarditis and one intraparenchymal hemorrhage (patient with a low level of consciousness, severe high blood pressure and ST-segment elevation in the electrocardiogram).

Data were gathered from clinical records and SUMMA 112 Fex registers, supplemented by clinical case histories and in-hospital hemodynamic records. Survival was confirmed in June 2011 (mean follow-up, 43 [9.7] months) by consulting the Spanish national registry of deaths, the Cibeles registry, and by telephoning patients when necessary. In the descriptive analysis of the sample, quantitative variables are described as mean (standard deviation) or median [interquartile range] (asymmetric distributions) and qualitative variables as absolute and relative frequency. The Hospital Carlos III Ethics Committee approved this study.

Table 1 describes epidemiologic characteristics, risk factors, clinical data and attendance times for the series. Median values describe the typical patient as a 55 year-old man, smoker, with hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure, and chest pain; time from symptom onset to contacting the emergency services was 70min; SUMMA 112 attended in 10min and stabilized the patient, diagnosed STEACS, and administered fibrinolysis in 25min; following fibrinolysis he took 38.5min to reach the hospital.

Table 1. Demographic Characteristics, Risk Factors, Clinical Data and Attendance Times of the Patients Studied (n=100)

Variable Results
Age, years 56.29±11.48
Age, years 55 [47-64.2]
Men 88 (88)
Risk factors  
Diabetes 18 (18)
Ex-smoker 14 (14)
Smoker 64 (64)
Hyperlipidemia 47 (47)
High blood pressure 39 (39)
Obesity 14 (14)
Previous case history  
AMI 5 (5)
Angina 8 (8)
Heart failure 2 (2)
Clinical data  
Anterior AMI (anterior, lateral) 54 (54)
Inferior AMI (inferior, posterior, right) 46 (46)
ST-segment depression 48 (48)
Killip I 93 (93)
Killip II 7 (7)
Killip III, IV 0
Deferred angioplasty 56 (57.7)
Rescue angioplasty 36 (37.1)
Aborted infarctions (peak troponin <1ng/mL)  
Total 10 (10.3)
Symptoms to fibrinolysis time, min 75 [62.5-172.5]
Deferred angioplasty 9 (90)
Anterior AMI 7 (70)
Intervals, min  
Symptom onset-EMU activation 70 [45-110]
EMU activation-arrival at home 10 [6-15]
EMU activation-arrival at hospital 73 [60-89]
Symptom onset-arrival at hospital 150 [115-189]
Symptom onset-fibrinolysis 105 [73-140]
Fibrinolysis within first 2 h  
Symptom onset-fibrinolysis <60 min 15 (15)
Symptom onset-fibrinolysis <120 min 65 (65)

AMI, acute myocardial infarction; EMU, emergency medical unit.
The data express n (%), mean±standard deviation or median [interquartile range].

Table 2 describes in-hospital clinical data, complications during the transfer and treatment at discharge. Six out of 10 patients presented reperfusion criteria and underwent deferred angioplasty during hospitalization. No cases of major bleeding or acute cerebrovascular accident hemorrhage due to the fibrinolytic agent were recorded. In-hospital mortality was 2% (1 patient recovered from cardiorespiratory failure but died 24h after admission; 1 patient with multiple pathologies died of multiorgan failure on day 6). Except for a 92 year-old woman, all patients were alive at ≥2.5 years (1% mortality) after STEACS.

Table 2. In-Hospital Clinical Data, Complications During Transfer and Treatment at Discharge

Variable Results
Other clinical data  
Heart rate, bpm 70 [55-80.2]
LVEF, % 50 [45-60]
GRACE scale 93.5 [78-113.2]
Systolic blood pressure, mmHg 130.50 [119.25-155]
Serum creatinine, mg/dL 0.90 [0.80-1.03]
Peak serum troponin, ng/mL 36.95 [4.89-120.90]
Complications during transfer  
Total 26 (26)
Ventricular fibrillation 19 (19)
Idioventricular rhythm 17 (17)
Bradycardia 2 (2)
High blood pressure 6 (6)
Minor bleeding 1 (1)
Major bleeding 0
ACVA bleeding 0
Treatment at discharge  
ACE inhibitors 68 (70.1)
Acetylsalicylic acid 89 (91.7)
Clopidogrel 84 (86.5)
Beta blockers 80 (82.4)
Calcium antagonists 4 (4.1)
Statins 89 (91.7)
Nitrates 27 (27.8)

ACE inhibitors, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors; ACVA, acute cerebrovascular accident; LVEF, left ventricular ejection fraction.
Data are expressed as n (%) or median [interquartile range].

Our study reveals data relevant to making decisions on the optimal myocardial reperfusion strategy. Before calling for help, patients use up more than half of the optimal time to salvage the maximum myocardial area; their transfer–due to the severity of their condition and instability–uses up the other half. Fex was administered to 65% within 120min of symptom onset (15% at ≤60min). This resulted in 10% aborted infarctions (peak troponin <1 ng/mL) and 58% of patients meeting reperfusion criteria on admission. Although 19% presented ventricular fibrillation before arrival at hospital, prehospital mortality was nil.

Fex substantially cuts myocardial ischemia time. Per 1000 patients receiving fibrinolysis, twice as many lives are saved if the fibrinolytic agent is administered at ≤60min vs 60-120min following STEACS.3 Several studies indicate Fex, associated with non-urgent angioplasty during hospitalization, can be a safe, valid alternative with survival data comparable to or better than those of primary angioplasty.4, 5, 6

In the Spanish Community of Madrid, Fex is administered early, it is efficient and safe, and in this context associates with good short- and long-term survival.



We would like to express our thanks to the Community of Madrid hospitals involved in the study and to the SUMMA 112 management–especially Dr Pedro Huertas Alcázar and Dr Vicente Sánchez-Brunete Ingelmo for their support.

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