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Studies: Chest pains, syncope in ED may not necessitate admission

from By Chelsea Adams

When a patient's health is in question, it makes sense to admit them to the hospital and run a few tests — just to be safe — right? Well, a pair of recent studies in JAMA Internal Medicine indicate that may not be the best option. Roughly half of the 7 million adults arriving at the emergency department with chest pains each year are admitted to hospitals for observation and diagnostic testing. However, a new study says the number of admissions is probably too high and many patients could safely receive follow-up care in another setting. more

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