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Cardiac monitoring in the emergency department

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

Chest pain is a common presenting symptom in the emergency department, accounting for between 5 and 20 percent of all admissions. Yet clinical management is highly variable. After initial evaluation, these patients usually are assigned to cardiac monitoring for several hours. But cardiac monitors in the ED are few, and placing all patients with chest pain on monitors may block access for patients in greater need, ultimately increasing morbidity and mortality. more

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