Results emerging from the ACRE Project

August 20, 2015

The ACRE Project has set out, over the last couple of years, to implement an accelerated diagnostic protocol (ADP) for patients presenting to emergency departments with chest pain and possible heart attack across public hospitals in Queensland, Australia.

It’s exciting to now see the results of this implementation. Uptake has been widespread across the state at sites as far afield as the Gold Coast and Townsville (that’s about 1450km for those who aren’t familiar with the size of Queensland!)

Preliminary data from the first 12 hospitals were presented at last weeks Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand meeting in Melbourne. You can download a copy of the data here CSANZ 2015 poster_ACRE_FINAL .

In short we’ve seen that the ADP defines around 24% of patients as low risk and suitable for safe, early discharge. This resulted in a reduction in hospital length of stay of 34% (About 400 minutes per patient) and a 12% reduction in admission rates for chest pain.

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