Improving Care for Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients
Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) describes multiple conditions associated with sudden, reduced blood flow to the heart. Over one million patients with ACS are admitted to hospitals annually. ACS remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide according to JAMA Cardiology. 1 A streamlined focus on ameliorating pain, restoring heart function and reducing the risk of heart attack will improve morbidity and mortality rates and overall health outcomes.
Thorough knowledge of the treatment of ACS is considered a Core Competency of Hospital Medicine. Whether your practice treats these patients during the "upstream" portion of their treatment (from symptom onset to intervention) or "downstream" (from intervention until admission), understanding the tools used to stratify ACS patients for treatment, complications and transitions of care is essential.
This guide helps hospitalists and hospital teams enhance the efficiency and reliability of the care and treatment of ACS patients, combining core principles of quality improvement and evidence-based treatment strategies while referencing recent treatment guidelines.
This edition of the Guide is supported in part by an educational grant from the AstraZeneca in 2015.
The Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Guide is an online resource for visitors to the Society of Hospital Medicine's website. All content and links have been reviewed by Acute Coronary Syndrome Guide Project Team, however, the Society of Hospital Medicine does not exercise any editorial control over content associated with the external links that have been made available via this website.
1JAMA Cardiol. 2016;1(6):718-730. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.204