call to needle

call to needle

A term of art referring to the time elapsed between the call for an ambulance to assist a patient suffering a heart attack and the moment that thrombolytics are first administered. In the UK, the target is < 1 hour.
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When we looked at the patients whose call to needle time was too long we discovered frequently this was because patients call their own doctor rather than dial 999.
Consistency in achieving the 60 minute call to needle time needs to be approved.
Real progress however in reducing the call to needle time can be achieved by the introduction of pre-hospital treatment, which means that some patients may be given their drugs before their arrival at hospital, either by a GP or a specially trained paramedic.