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Friday, July 8, 2016

HEART Score for Chest Pain

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Urgent Care RAP - July 2016 - Slovis C, Spangler M, James H, and Buelt A
"Pearls:
  • The HEART score offers an opportunity for those of us in acute care settings including the Urgent Care (UC) to coalesce around a single vehicle that is relatively intuitive and allow us to identify enough low risk patients to send home on a consistent basis.
  • Not all the variables and risk factors used in the HEART score calculation are equally important and it is critical for providers to weigh this information as well as their gestalt when deciding the appropriate plan for patients. The HEART score should not be used as an algorithm to be followed blindly."