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Emergency Treatment Strategies, Better Communication Among Health Care Workers Reduce Heart Attack Patient Deaths by 19 Percent, Says AHJ Published Study
Date:2/10/2009

WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Four western New York hospitals using emergency treatment strategies emphasizing evidence-based therapy and better communication among health care providers reduced heart attack patient deaths by 19 percent for up to one year after patient discharge.

The prospective research study, "Acute Coronary Syndrome Emergency Treatment Strategies: Improved Treatment and Reduced Mortality in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome Using Guideline-based Critical Care Pathways," was published in January in the American Heart Journal.

"The study shows that when you improve communication among departments about patient care, and when you take key information from published medical journals and apply them to every day medicine, you can make a significant difference in patient outcomes and the quality of care they receive," said study lead author and practicing cardiologist Dr. John Corbelli, who also serves as associate clinical professor of medicine for the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

This is the first study to investigate an acute coronary syndrome critical care pathway approach in a population of patients encompassing the total acute coronary syndrome management spectrum. WellPoint subsidiary, HealthCore Inc., performed the outcomes research for this study based on research funding from Sanofi-Aventis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Kaleida Health Foundation.

"ACSETS was derived from the synergy between the cardiologists and emergency department physicians," said Dr. Dave Janicke, study co-author and clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "The ACSETS guideline-driving pathway is initiated as soon as the ACS patient arrives in the Emergency Department and is subsequently carried thr
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