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A Comprehensive Acute Coronary Syndrome Algorithm for Centers With Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Capability

McDaniel, Michael MD*; Ross, Michael MD; Rab, Syed Tanveer MD*; Keadey, Matthew MD; Liberman, Henry MD*; Fantz, Corinne PhD; Winkler, Anne MD; Goyal, Abhinav MD, MHS*; Finn, Aloke MD*; Osborne, Anwar MD; Lowery-North, Douglas MD; Mavromatis, Kreton MD*; Morris, Douglas MD*; Samady, Habib MD*

Critical Pathways in Cardiology: A Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine: September 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 3 - p 141–149
doi: 10.1097/HPC.0b013e318292f168
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A comprehensive acute coronary syndrome (ACS) protocol was developed to improve the quality of care for patients admitted with definite or probable ACS. These protocols were constructed to streamline the practice for diverse clinicians who care for ACS patients across a variety of clinical settings. They are applicable in the emergency department, the cardiac catheterization laboratory, and the inpatient settings for hospitals with primary percutaneous coronary intervention capability. These protocols standardized the care by selecting the best therapy for each clinical scenario based on available established guidelines to insure the safest and highest value (quality/cost) medical care.

From the *Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, GA; Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, GA; and Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, GA.

Reprints: Michael McDaniel, MD, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, 2801 North Decatur Road, Suite 295, Decatur, GA 30033. E-mail: mmcdan2@emory.edu.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins