Nurse-led Early Triage (NET) study of chest pain patients: a long term evaluation study of a service development aimed at improving the management of patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes

L. O'Neill (Lead / Corresponding author), K. Smith, P. F. Currie, D. H. J. Elder, L. Wei, C. C. Lang

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    Abstract

    Background: Patients presenting with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) are at risk of early death. This may be reduced by timely assessment and treatment. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to evaluate if Nurse-led Early Triage (NET) in the coronary care unit (CCU) can improve time to assessment and management of NSTE-ACS patients. Methods: Data on 79 consecutive chest pain patients admitted pre-NET to the acute admissions unit (AAU) and on 103 patients admitted in the first six months of the NET service in CCU, was re-examined and compared to subsequent data obtained on 92 patients admitted via NET five years later, in order to re-evaluate the service. Results: NET resulted in significant improvements in: the number of patients with chest pain who had their 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) performed within 10 min of admission (94% vs 32%, p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)253-260
    Number of pages8
    JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
    Volume13
    Issue number3
    Early online date3 May 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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