Journal article

Appropriate use of echocardiography in an Australian regional centre

A Al-Kaisey, E Jones, V Nadurata, O Farouque, D De Silva, J Ramchand

Internal Medicine Journal | WILEY | Published : 2015


BACKGROUND: The 2011 Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) were developed by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) to provide guidance for referring physicians in response to growing concerns about unnecessary transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) requests. When applied in multiple centres overseas, the rate of inappropriate referrals was as high as 22%. AIM: To assess the applicability of, and the level of adherence to the 2011 AUC in an Australian regional hospital where the AUC have not been tested systematically. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 1000 inpatient and outpatient TTE referrals was conducted between January 2014 and June 2014 at Bendigo Hospital, a major regional referral h..

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