Feasibility and Safety of Prehospital Administration of Bivalirudin in Patients With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction

Maria Sejersten*, Søren Loumann Nielsen, Thomas Engstrøm, Erik Jørgensen, Peter Clemmensen

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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    The selective thrombin inhibitor bivalirudin with a provisional glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor (GPI) has been shown to be comparable to heparin plus GPI in the rates of ischemic events but to significantly reduce the risk of bleeding complications in patients with acute coronary syndromes. The aim of this preliminary study was to describe the feasibility and safety of a switch from prehospital administration of unfractionated heparin to bivalirudin in ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients referred for primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Patients with STEMI treated with a 1-mg/kg bivalirudin bolus in the ambulance followed by infusion during angiography/primary percutaneous coronary intervention were compared with a STEMI control group (from the preceding year) treated with 10,000 U unfractionated heparin in the ambulance followed by in-hospital treatment with a GPI. A total of 102 patients (59%) receiving bivalirudin and 72 receiving heparin were followed during hospitalization. The baseline characteristics and prehospital treatment times were comparable between the 2 groups. The thrombolysis in myocardial infarction flow before and after primary percutaneous coronary intervention was similar. Stents were used significantly more often in the heparin-treated patients (90% versus 76%; p = 0.04), with bailout GPI for those receiving bivalirudin occurring in 30% compared with 83% of those receiving heparin (p <0.001). Significant bleeding complications were seen in <10% of all patients undergoing angiography with no difference between groups. Bivalirudin was easy to administer in the prehospital setting and did not affect the prehospital run times. In conclusion, the results suggest that prehospital bivalirudin administration is as safe and effective as heparin in the treatment of patients with STEMI. Prehospital administration seemed to reduce the need for GPI.

    Sider (fra-til)1635-1640
    Antal sider6
    TidsskriftAmerican Journal of Cardiology
    Udgave nummer12
    StatusUdgivet - 15 jun. 2009


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