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

The Project UPSTART "Provider Training Module" -- An introduction

Welcome STEMI providers! The Project UPSTART "Provider Training Module" provides a concise introduction to the emergent treatment of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). It focuses on education and actions –clearly defined actions that will allow you to “Recognize” and then “Reperfuse” your next STEMI patient as quickly as possible!

Project UPSTART provides a systematic approach to STEMI that has been very successful (Figure 1). You will learn that success is not difficult -- it’s based on key actions done consistently and accurately -- time after time. Even though these actions appear simple, careful execution is the key. After completing this module you will be ready to "do your part" in identifying and treating these seriously ill patients more quickly.

This module is designed for all levels of emergency providers including physicians, nurses, unit secretaries, EMS providers, etc. In order to function best as a team, we all must understand the overall plan, not just our individual roles.

The UPSTART Provider Training Module is divided into three sections:

  1. Provider Education Tutorial: A written introduction and overview.
  2. Provider Training Video, Part 1 and Part 2: An adjunct to the written tutorial.
  3. UPSTART Competency Exam (.pdf): A short quiz to verify your understanding of Project UPSTART.

Completion is simple. First, complete the interactive Provider Education Tutorial (15-20 minutes). Next, view the UPSTART Instructional Video (15 minutes). Finally, complete the UPSTART Competency Exam (5 minutes). You may be asked to submit this printable exam to verify module completion. Note -- the UPSTART Instructional Video is also available via DVD or on YouTube.

The entire process will take approximately 40 minutes.

Please click here to access the Provider Education Tutorial and begin your training cycle!