Chest Pain Patients Wait Their Turn

Wed, 11/11/2009 - 6:55am

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health researchers recently presented a study that examined compliance with recommendations that a physician screen chest pain patients within 10 minutes of their arrival in the Emergency Department.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend an electrocardiogram be performed and shown to a physician within 10 minutes of a chest pain patient's arrival to the emergency department. Emory researchers found that only 30 percent of all chest pain patients were seen within the recommended 10 minutes.

In addition, racial disparities affected all chest pain patients. African Americans were seen by an ED physician later than whites, researchers noted.

Data was extracted from the 2003-2006 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.


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