Economic Evaluation of a Heart-Type Fatty Acid Binding Protein Based Protocol for Rapid Chest Pain Assessment

R Boyd, D Dixon, G Burrows, G Cook, PS Lewis

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Chest pain is the most common reason for emergency hospital admission. As only a minority of these patients have acute myocardial infarction (AMI), improved diagnostics could reduce admissions with substantial potential cost savings. We have derived a novel accelerated diagnostic protocol (ADP), by which patients with normal initial heart-type fatty acid binding protein(H-FABP) and high sensitivity troponin T (hs-cTnT) levelsand no ECG ischemia could be immediately discharged. In an economic analysis, we sought to determine whether use of the ADP would reduce health care costs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-747
JournalAcademic Emergency Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


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