A network approach to managing chest pain patients can help health systems reduce ED overcrowding, cut time to diagnosis and treatment, and leverage capacity more effectively.
Over 6 million patients come to the emergency department each year because of chest pain, making it one of the most common complaints.
While more than 90 percent of these patients don’t have life- threatening conditions, it’s critical to identify those who do and intervene as rapidly as possible.
Incorrect diagnosis and discharge are dangerous for patients and costly for hospitals, but because of the variety of tests needed to reach diagnostic certainty in many cases, these patients stretch ED resources and contribute to overcrowding.
How can hospitals effectively manage chest pain patients to fast-track those with life-threatening conditions and rule out the majority who do not require emergency intervention?
How can they ensure that patients are properly risk-stratified, without creating logjams and lengthy stays in the ED—a problem of acute concern in the COVID-era?
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