Every year, millions of patients present to Emergency Departments across the country complaining of chest pain. Even after traditional ED testing which includes electrocardiograms, laboratory testing, and chest radiography, chest pain patients still have a small but real risk of serious illness. The HEART score is a new tool that has been validated to help risk-stratify patients. Clinical Decision Units decrease cost and length of stay without compromising patient safety, allowing for complete evaluations of these patients.
Jasani, Gregory; Pines, Jesse M.; and Carter, Caitlin, "The Role of the HEART score and Clinical Decision Units in ED Patients with Chest Pain" (2017). Center for Health Care Quality. Paper 3.