Washington Hospital Quality
A service of the Washington State Hospital Association

What is this?

How many minutes it takes, on average, for a patient to be transferred from one medical facility to another for heart attack care. Lower is better.

Why this matters?

Not all hospitals have the equipment to provide for the care of complicated patients. This measure shows how long it takes from the time a person arrives at the emergency room until they are transported to a different hospital. It is critical that patients who might be having a heart attack are identified and treated quickly to keep their heart muscle from dying.

Technical Description

Average number of minutes before outpatients with chest pain or possible heart attack who needed specialized care were transferred to another hospital: http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/Data/Measures.html