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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Patient satisfaction with an emergency department chest pain observation unit. Ann Emerg Med.
Such measures should include the rate of inadvertent patient releases from the hospital outpatient setting (i.e., from the emergency department and chest pain observation unit), the rate of reperfusion interventions for AMI patients, and delays from AMI patient presentation until clinical interventions.
A comparison of emergency department versus in hospital chest pain observation units. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.