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MinutesMatterGainesville.com: Chest Pain Unit

MinutesMatterGainesville.com: Chest Pain Unit


– The Chest Pain Unit actually started out as the patient volume increased
in the Emergency Room, and we had a lot of
cardiac patients coming in, and we need to reevaluate those patients, and these are your low risk,
younger population patients. It started off small, we had four beds. These patients were to come
in from the Emergency Room and would not be going up to the floor. We would keep them there for 23 hours. The patients are happy because their length of
stay is much shorter. They stay there for about 23 hours, sometimes less than that, and their testing is being
done in the department. – What results did you see in its
first six weeks? Since July 1st, that we opened up, we have seen a total of 227
patients in the Chest Pain Unit, 16 of those were admitted to the hospital, but 211 of those patients, we actually seen, did their their testing, and sent them home. So that’s 211 patients that we
got out of the Emergency Room and did not have to go
upstairs to the floor. – How are patients followed up once
they leave the Chest Pain Unit? The follow up, depending on the physician
who has actually seen them in the hospital; if they have
a primary care physician, that physician would be
following up with them. If they do not, they
usually get some information about a primary care physician, otherwise they follow up with
whatever the diagnosis was that we made for them in the hospital. So they would either follow up with digestive disease physicians, they can follow up with a cardiologist if that was something that
was needed over there, or just follow up with their
primary care physician.

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