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Crit Pathw Cardiol. 2013 Sep;12(3):107-15. doi: 10.1097/HPC.0b013e31829834ed.

Evaluation and management of the atrial fibrillation patient: a report from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

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Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA.


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac dysrhythmia, and its prevalence is growing. The care of patients with AF is complex and involves multiple specialties and venues of care. Guideline recommendations are available for AF therapy; however, their implementation can be challenging. The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care has developed an accreditation program, formulated by an expert committee on AF. Accreditation is based on specific criteria in 7 domains: (1) community outreach, (2) prehospital care, (3) early stabilization, (4) acute care, (5) transitions of care, (6) clinical quality measures, and (7) governance. This document presents the rationale, discussion, and supporting evidence for these criteria, in an effort to maximize effective and efficient AF care.

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