The introduction of a chest pain nurse and fast-track troponin service reduces the length of stay of patients presenting with chest pain.


Journal Article

Troponin I (TnI) measurement is important in decision making and management of patients who present with chest pain. Undetectable levels of TnI in these patients are associated with a low risk of death or myocardial infarction at 30 days, and may allow early discharge from hospital.An audit was performed tracking patients who presented with chest pain and had a TnI blood test requested. Routine clinical service was audited for three months. A "fast-track" troponin service and chest pain specialist nurse was then introduced to assist in the management of patients. This was continued for three months to assess the impact on length of stay.446 patients were admitted during the first three month period and 511 patients admitted during the second monitoring period when the new measures were introduced. The time from chest pain onset until the TnI blood test was taken reduced from 23.0 hours to 20.3 hours. The percentage of patients admitted to hospital wards from the Acute Medical Receiving Unit (AMRU) fell from 62% to 53% (p < 0.001). The new measures resulted in a reduction in admission time from 73.1 hours to 51.0 hours.A fast-track troponin and specialist nurse achieved a reduction of nearly 24 hours in length of stay in patients presenting with chest pain. This would result in a saving of approximately 2000 bed-days per annum, releasing 5-6 acute beds per day.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Motherwell, DW; Rogers, J; Kellagher, M; Craig, D; O'Reilly, DSJ; Cobbe, SM

Published Date

  • May 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 6 - 9

PubMed ID

  • 17536633

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17536633

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-9330

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1258/rsmsmj.52.2.6


  • eng