Cost and outcomes of assessing patients with chest pain in an Australian emergency department
posted by WM Admin on 18 May 2015
In this study, the authors describe the demographics, length of admission, final diagnoses, long-term outcome and costs associated with the population who presented to an Australian emergency department with symptoms of possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
They conclude from the results that most emergency department patients "... with symptoms of possible ACS do not have a cardiac cause for their presentation. The current guideline-based process of assessment is lengthy, costly and consumes significant resources". They discuss the implications of these findings.
The article is available to read in free full text at: http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja14.00472
Cullen, L., et al. (2015). Cost and outcomes of assessing patients with chest pain in an Australian emergency department. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(8), 427-432.