Hospital revascularisation capability and quality of care after an acute coronary syndrome in Switzerland.

Welker, Joris; Auer, Reto; Gencer, Baris; Muller, Olivier; Cornuz, Jacques; Matter, Christian M; Mach, François; Windecker, Stephan; Rodondi, Nicolas; Nanchen, David (2016). Hospital revascularisation capability and quality of care after an acute coronary syndrome in Switzerland. Swiss medical weekly, 146, w14275. EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag 10.4414/smw.2016.14275

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Patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) transferred to regional nonacademic hospitals after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) may receive fewer preventive interventions than patients who remain in university hospitals. We aimed at comparing hospitals with and without PCI facilities regarding guidelines-recommended secondary prevention interventions after an ACS.


We studied patients with ACS admitted to a university hospital with PCI facilities in Switzerland, and either transferred within 48 hours to regional nonacademic hospitals without PCI facilities or directly discharged from the university hospital. We measured prescription rates of evidence-based recommended therapies after ACS including reasons for nonprescription of aspirin, statins, β-blockers, angiotensin converting-enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) / angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB), along with cardiac rehabilitation attendance and delivery of a smoking cessation intervention.


Overall, 720 patients with ACS were enrolled; 541 (75.1%) were discharged from the hospital with PCI facilities, 179 (24.9%) were transferred to hospitals without PCI facilities. Concomitant prescription of aspirin, β-blockers, ACEI/ARB and statins at discharge was similar in hospitals with and without PCI facilities, reaching 83.9% and 85.5%, respectively (p = 0.62). Attendance at cardiac rehabilitation reached 55.5% for the hospital with PCI facilities and 65.7% for hospitals without PCI facilities (p = 0.02). In-hospital smoking cessation interventions were delivered to 70.8% patients exclusively at the hospital with PCI facilities.


Quality of care for patients with ACS discharged from hospitals without PCI facilities was similar to that of patients directly discharged from the hospital with PCI facilities, except for in-hospital smoking cessation counselling and cardiac rehabilitation attendance.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Clinic of General Internal Medicine > Centre of Competence for General Internal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

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01 Nov 2016 14:25

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