Implementation of a high sensitivity troponin assay reduces time spent in the emergency department by patients with a possible acute coronary syndrome
The cardiac troponin assay is widely used in Emergency Departments (EDs) to determine the likelihood that a patient’s symptoms represent an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We introduced a high sensitivity troponin assay (hs-cTnT) in 2010 to replace an earlier assay and a new more rapid triage protocol contingent on the improved performance of the assay. We wished to determine if the introduction of the new protocol reduced time spent in the ED.
A. Early, R. Cooke, M. Nguyen, S. Mann
Heart, Lung and Circulation – Volume 23, Supplement 1, e1-e48
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