The AHA’s STEMI Provider Manual has been updated to reflect new science in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This manual supports the efforts of the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline™, a national initiative to improve quality of care and outcomes in heart attack patients by improving healthcare systems’ readiness and response to STEMI patients.
The STEMI Provider Manual is a self-study booklet that enables out-of-hospital and emergency department healthcare providers to increase assessment, diagnosis and rapid treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Emphasis is placed on assessing patients and providing treatment within the recommended 30-minute door-to-needle time and 90-minute door-to-balloon time. The manual contains information on systems of care for STEMI, effective STEMI identification and treatment and acute coronary syndromes (ACS) pathophysiology. A “12-Lead Electrocardiogram” section includes electrocardiograms (ECGs) with annotations for self-study. An ECG ACS Ruler is included with the manual as a tool to help healthcare providers with reading and analyzing ECGs.