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Telemonitoring changes the working practice of cardiac nurses
Date:4/8/2009

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Nurses working in emergency departments are likely to play a major role in navigating STEMI patients through the system, getting them to the cath laboratory as soon as possible (although direct admission from the ambulance to the cath lab saves time and is preferable if local circumstances permit). Cath lab nurses will need to develop strategies to provide patients and families with appropriate levels of information about the procedure during the very acute phase, while not delaying treatment. Additionally, with shorter hospital stay because of the more rapid recovery seen with primary angioplasty, cardiac rehabilitation nurses will need to develop systems for ensuring that patients get appropriate access to support after the acute event."Finally, health professionals working in community hospitals will need to be reassured that there's still plenty of acute cardiology to be provided outside the heart attack centre," says Professor Quinn. "Take home pearls" in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.

In a joint US and European session on "Global Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: a call to action", Nancy Houston Miller, from the Stanford Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (Palo Alto, California, USA), will provide tips on how cardiology nurses and allied health professionals can start to introduce behavioural skills training into their every day practice. "More and more health care professionals are finding that marrying psychological (behavioural) techniques with cardiovascular knowledge helps them to be much more successful in encouraging patients to adopt life style change, whether that be stopping smoking, starting exercise programmes, or changing dietary habits," says Ms Houston Miller, adding that such intervention is urgently needed since data shows adherence to medications is often only 50 % at the end of one year. In her 20 minute talk on Monday, Professor Houston Miller aims to deliver some "take home pearls" that her audience can
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