Does Your ED have a Chest Pain Triage Nurse?

  1. Our ED is restructuring. We currently have a 7 bed sub-dept called
    Chest Pain Observation. This will move to be an extension of CCU to free up more ED beds. There is still a great need for chest pain triage and quick intervention and I want to proprose such a position to our director. I'm looking for information on this type of position. In other words, if the 'wheel' is already invented, I don't want to re-invent it. Thanks.

    Mary Ellen Perry
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  3. by   CHUBBY
    Mary Ellen, I don't know the volume of the ER you're at. One ER I work at sees 40,000/year. A patient signs a book listing their chief complaint. Chest pains are triaged first. The triage room is big. It has a separate area with a stretcher and curtains so an EKG can be done in triage. It's then shown to the doc for anything acute which ups the ante on getting the person back into a room. I'm not sure having a separate triage nurse just to do chest pain would be cost effective
  4. by   Sarah, RNBScN
    No but this is how we deal with our chest pains.
    Rapid triage.
    12 & 15 lead ECG's notify MD
    Hx: APQRST
    ASA 80 mg. 2 p.o. ( if not contraindicated)
    O2 @ via NP to keep sats > 92%
    Cardiac monitor, VS are being monitored
    Start 2 IV's 1) NS at KVO 2) NS lock
    ICU labs, TNI.
    Nitro. 0.3 mg SL (if not contraindicated)
    Portable CXR (depends on the MD)

    Hope this helps.
  5. by   healingtouchRN
    yup, we have a chest pain center, once triaged they are placed there unless needing to acutely go to CV lab for revascularization. we can hold them there to check serial enzymes & await a bed. It has it's own nurse & the rooms have TV's & beds more comfy for a longer wait in the ED. Nice set up when not rockin & rollin'!