Patients' perception of their experience of primary percutaneous intervention for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction




Murray, Jackie

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The preferred treatment for patients experiencing ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has evolved over the past 5 years with primary percutaneous intervention (PCI) as the current acceptable treatment. Because of this, patients are spending significantly less time in hospital. The purpose of this literature review was to explore patients’ perceptions of their experience of receiving primary percutaneous intervention (PCI) as a treatment for STEMI. The literature reviewed consisted of 11 papers, comprised of original research and other sources. Studies were critiqued and graded for relevancy to aid in the review. Key findings from the literature indicate that perception of this experience varies among patients and may not resonate with what actually happened. Recommendations for action include improving the nurses’ assessments of the patients’ perception of the experience so that patient and family education can be tailored to meet individual needs. Advance practice nurses, it is posited play a key role as educators in leading change in this situation.



STEMI, primary percutaneous intervention, patient experience, patient understanding