ST-Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction (STEMI): The Texas Medical Association supports AMA efforts to (1) work with relevant societies to conduct a thorough analysis of the geographic, economic, and political barriers to optimal care for the ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patient, e.g., the current environment, existing literature, the costs of ambulance ECG hardware, training and transmission, political issues of reimbursing one county for care provided to patients from another county or state, and the financial issues of shifting patients to centers that can perform preferred treatment algorithms, and (2) develop model legislation that would draw upon the successes of existing programs and the data garnered from a comprehensive environmental analysis, to identify workable solutions to breaking down the geographic, economic, and political barriers to optimal care for the STEMI patient.
Recognizing the importance of strengthening and standardizing STEMI protocol throughout Texas, TMA strongly supports the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology STEMI-related statewide initiatives, including STEMI-related initiatives in Texas that reflect the most up-to-date guidelines and science.
TMA will promote ongoing educational initiatives for the general public, emergency medical personnel, physicians, and hospital administration on the benefits of early symptom recognition in ST wave myocardial infarction as well as development of an efficient and collaborative treatment algorithm (CSA Rep. 1-A-09; amended CSPH Rep. 5-A-19).
Last Updated On
June 11, 2019