Safe and efficient early discharge of low-risk patients with chest pain

Early research has shown that 5% of patients with heart attack or unstable angina were being discharged from teaching hospitals with an inaccurate diagnosis, and no follow-up. In response, Drs. Scheuermeyer, Grafstein and Christenson – with the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine – have developed a new system to better identify whether a patient with chest pain is at high (needs more investigation or treatment) or very low risk (can be reassured they are not having a heart attack and go home). The goal is to share these new protocols with Emergency Departments across the province.