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Emerg Nurse. 2003 Sep;11(5):19-21.

Detecting high-risk patients with chest pain.

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Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Abstract

AIM:

To assess the ability of nurses using the Manchester Triage System (MTS) to identify those patients with chest pain requiring immediate electrocardiogram (ECG) and physician assessment within ten minutes.

METHOD:

A four-week prospective cohort of all patients attending with chest pain compared detection of risk by nurses using the MTS to that of researchers using best available evidence-based prognostic indicators from history.

RESULTS:

The study of 167 patients showed that nurses using MTS had a sensitivity of 86.8 per cent (95 per cent confidence interval (CI), 78.4-92.3 per cent) and a specificity of 72.4 per cent (95 per cent CI, 61.4-81.2 per cent) when identifying high risk cardiac chest pain.

CONCLUSION:

Nurses using the MTS are a sensitive tool for identifying high risk cardiac chest pain but further work is required to assess whether additional training can improve sensitivity.

PMID:
14533295
DOI:
10.7748/en2003.09.11.5.19.c1131
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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