Managing unstable angina and coronary care beds effectively.
AM Kelly, E Edmonds, R Newman, N Amsing
Aust Health Rev | Published : 1999
This article is an evaluation of a new chest pain admission policy at Western Hospital. Our aim was to determine the clinical outcomes of patients with unstable angina treated according to this new policy. It involved attempting to identify a group at low risk of serious complications and to manage them in a general ward area without cardiac monitoring, to reduce the pressure on coronary care unit beds. We conducted a retrospective case note review and concluded that that selected patients with an admission diagnosis of unstable angina can be safely managed in unmonitored medical beds provided mechanisms are in place for their transfer to the coronary care unit if recurrent pain or a complic..View full abstract