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Table 1 Characteristics of excluded studies after abstract reading

From: The impact of direct admission to a catheterisation lab/CCU in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction on the delay to reperfusion and early risk of death: results of a systematic review including meta-analysis

Study Reason for exclusion
Burns et al. 1989 [[6]] Prehospital pathway where the patients received thrombolysis
Pell et al. 1992 [[7]] The study evaluated an in-hospital triage system
Davis et al. 1996[8] A comparison between patients and physicians acceptance of risk
Millar-Craig et al. 1997[9] Prehospital pathway where the patients received thrombolysis
Prasad et al. 1997[10] Prehospital pathway where the patients received thrombolysis
Thomas et al. 1997[11] Prehospital pathway where the patients received thrombolysis
Sandler 1998[12] Prehospital pathway where the patients received thrombolysis
Villiers et al. 2007[13] No control group
Ostrzycki et al. 2008[14] The aim was to investigate time delay in treatment of STEMI patients in four different groups
Zhang et al. 2009[15] The study evaluated the effect of in-hospital triage
Cheung et al. 2010[16] The study evaluated the effect of in-hospital triage
Sorensen et al 2011[17] The aim of the study was to bypass the local hospital and transfer patients direct to PCI center
Abrahamyan et al.2012[18] The study evaluated the effect of in-hospital triage
Alexandrescu et al. 2012[19] The study investigated the impact of inter-hospital transfer