Project UPSTART: the Use of Procedural Standardization to Reduce Recognition to Repferfusion (R2R) Time in ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)

Project UPSTART in the News

  • UVA Health System Chest Pain Center Remains a Top Institution for Cardiac Care, Medical News from UVA, Sept. 11, 2009
    "‘We have continued to make improvements in our care at UVA. For example, we have shortened the time from when a heart attack patient arrives at our door to the time they receive cardiac angioplasty. This dramatically improves patient outcomes,’ says Dr. David Burt, director of the Chest Pain Center at UVA Health System."
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  • University of Virginia ER Doctor Develops System to Optimize Treatment and Survival of Heart Attack Patients Nationwide, Medical News from UVa, Sept. 10, 2009.
    "For the past three years, [David] Burt has focused on developing and refining Project UPSTART (an acronym for ‘The Use of Procedural Standardization to Reduce Recognition to Reperfusion Time in STEMI’), which combines medical best practices with the principles of systems engineering and crisis management. The program, which Burt is sharing with other hospitals at no-cost, is now helping emergency room staffs around the country optimize their processes for diagnosing and treating patients who are having a STEMI."
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  • STEMI Leader: UVA Among Nationís Best for Speed of STEMI Treatment, UVA Health System Physicians Direct, July 7, 2009
    "According to data from the most recent fiscal year, 95 percent of patients arriving at the University of Virginia Health System receive PCI within 90 minutes, placing UVA in the 97th percentile of U.S. hospitals for the speed of its STEMI treatment. UVAís effective treatment for STEMI patients is driven by a team...[that] constantly refines a detailed treatment protocol for STEMIs developed by UVA emergency medicine physician David R. Burt, M.D. Known as Project UPSTART (The Use of Procedural Standardization to Reduce Recognition to Reperfusion Time in STEMI), the protocol is now used in dozens of hospitals across the country."
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