Outcomes of after-hours versus regular working hours primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute myocardial infarction

BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Jan;20(1):60-7. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs.2010.041137.


Background: Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a proven therapy for acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. However, outcomes associated with primary PCI may differ depending on time of day.

Methods and results: Using the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcomes Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease, a clinical data-collection initiative capturing all cardiac catheterisation patients in Alberta, Canada, the authors described and compared crude and risk-adjusted survival for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients undergoing primary PCI after-hours versus regular working hours. From 1 January 1999 to 31 March 2006, 1664 primary PCI procedures were performed (54.4% after-hours). Mortalities at 30days were 3.6% for regular hours procedures and 5.0% for after-hours procedures (p=0.16). 1-year mortalities were 6.2% and 7.3% in the regular hours and after-hours groups, respectively (p=0.35). After adjusting for baseline risk factor differences, HRs for after-hours mortality were 1.26 (95% CI 0.78 to 2.02) for survival to 30days and 1.08 (0.73 to 1.59) for survival to 1year. A meta-analysis of our after-hours HR point estimate with other published risk estimates for after hours primary PCI outcomes yielded an RR of 1.23 (1.00 to 1.51) for shorter-term outcomes.

Conclusions: After-hours primary PCI was not associated with a statistically significant increase in mortality. However, a meta-analysis of this study with other published after-hours outcome studies yields an RR that leaves some questions about unexplored factors that may influence after-hours primary PCI care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • After-Hours Care*
  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary / methods*
  • Humans
  • Myocardial Infarction / therapy*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling*
  • Risk Assessment