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

Training Tutorial 1.12

Data Sheets A and B: The Key to Continued Success

You might be thinking, “Why more paperwork? I thought you are trying to make this easier!” The answer is simple: The information you record on Data Sheets A & B is very important in reviewing each STEMI case. This continuing reassessment allows us to look for little things that will improve future STEMI alerts. It also lets us identify problem events and prevent them from happening again. There is simply no easier way to collect this data than to write it down as it occurs. In reality, having everything right in one location actually decreases your paperwork! No more hunting around for forms.

We do realize your time is very important (we work in the ED, too) so we have made completing these forms as simple as possible. Plus, completing these sheets is one more way of cuing you to do the right thing – in the right order.

Why two data sheets instead of just one?

So, why do we need both Data Sheet A and B if the documents are essentially the same? Because each one has a different function and they end up in different locations. Plus, it's like having a spare key under the rock near your front door.

Having two data sheets is particularly important if the patient is transferred to the cath lab or another hospital. Data Sheet B is that continuing link that allows us to calculate each patient’s total reperfusion time – regardless of how or where reperfusion occurs. Having that information is the way we measure our success!

Remember: The yellow sheet (Data sheet B) is always sent with the patient when they leave the ED.

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