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Chest Pain Assessment and Imaging Practices for Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department

Chest Pain Assessment and Imaging Practices for Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department Chest pain is among the most common presentations in emergency departments worldwide, where a timely diagnosis and proper initial management is challenging but essential for health care providers. This article reviews the diagnostic workup of varying clinical presentations of adult chest pain with a focus on appropriate imaging practices based on current guidelines for risk stratification and care management that can guide the triage and medical decisions of nurses working in emergency and urgent care settings. Key words: chest pain, guidelines, imaging, risk stratification MERGENCY DEPARTMENT (ED) nurs- Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, In- terfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York (Dr es and nurse practitioners (NPs) often Abid); Department of Radiology and Imagining Sci- E serve as the patient’s first-line care in ence,Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr which appropriate triage based on assessment Shuaib, and Edalat); Department of Medicine, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Ali); Emory of clinical presentation and disease severity University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, directs the treatment trajectory. Studies show Atlanta, Georgia (Dr Evans); School of Medicine, Dow that NPs, educated in ordering, interpreting University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan (Dr Shahzeb Khan); and Department of Medicine, Zucker test results, and prescribing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal Wolters Kluwer Health

Chest Pain Assessment and Imaging Practices for Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department

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ISSN
1931-4485
eISSN
1931-4493
DOI
10.1097/TME.0000000000000048

Abstract

Chest pain is among the most common presentations in emergency departments worldwide, where a timely diagnosis and proper initial management is challenging but essential for health care providers. This article reviews the diagnostic workup of varying clinical presentations of adult chest pain with a focus on appropriate imaging practices based on current guidelines for risk stratification and care management that can guide the triage and medical decisions of nurses working in emergency and urgent care settings. Key words: chest pain, guidelines, imaging, risk stratification MERGENCY DEPARTMENT (ED) nurs- Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, In- terfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York (Dr es and nurse practitioners (NPs) often Abid); Department of Radiology and Imagining Sci- E serve as the patient’s first-line care in ence,Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr which appropriate triage based on assessment Shuaib, and Edalat); Department of Medicine, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Ali); Emory of clinical presentation and disease severity University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, directs the treatment trajectory. Studies show Atlanta, Georgia (Dr Evans); School of Medicine, Dow that NPs, educated in ordering, interpreting University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan (Dr Shahzeb Khan); and Department of Medicine, Zucker test results, and prescribing

Journal

Advanced Emergency Nursing JournalWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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