chest pain observation unit


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chest pain observation unit

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CPOU

A hospital ward equipped with continuous cardiac monitoring in which patients thought to have a relatively low or an intermediate risk of acute coronary syndromes are evaluated for myocardial ischemia or infarction before their return home or their admission, if necessary, to a coronary care unit.
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5) Efforts to develop accurate, reliable risk stratification systems and the implementation of chest pain observation units in EDs are both preventative measures to ensure proper diagnosis of AMI while still being cost-effective.