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OBJECTIVES Myocarditis and cardiomyopathy are rarely reported complications of clozapine treatment. The incidence of clozapine-related myocarditis has been variably reported at between 0.03% and 0.19% of initiations and cardiomyopathy has been reported even less commonly. In our Brisbane-based service, nine of 94 patients initiated on clozapine over the(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chest pain contribute substantially to emergency department attendances, lengthy hospital stay, and inpatient admissions. A reliable, reproducible, and fast process to identify patients presenting with chest pain who have a low short-term risk of a major adverse cardiac event is needed to facilitate early discharge. We aimed to(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine whether a new accelerated diagnostic protocol (ADP) for possible cardiac chest pain could identify low-risk patients suitable for early discharge (with follow-up shortly after discharge). BACKGROUND Patients presenting with possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS), who have a low short-term risk of(More)
BACKGROUND Many patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) for assessment of possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS) have low cardiac troponin concentrations that change very little on repeat blood draw. It is unclear if a lack of change in cardiac troponin concentration can be used to identify acutely presenting patients at low risk of ACS. (More)
Patients with symptoms of possible acute coronary syndrome make up a large proportion of people who present to emergency departments, where they undergo lengthy, intensive, and costly assessments. 1,2 Yet few are fi nally diagnosed with an acute coronary syndrome. Improvements in methods to exclude acute coronary syndrome are needed to reliably reassure and(More)
BACKGROUND The translation of healthcare research into practice is typically challenging and limited in effectiveness. The Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) identifies 12 domains of behaviour determinants which can be used to understand the principles of behavioural change, a key factor influencing implementation. The Accelerated Chest pain Risk(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine differences in care and inhospital course of patients with possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in Australia and New Zealand based on whether a highly sensitive (hs) troponin assay was used at the hospital to which they presented. DESIGN, SETTING AND PATIENTS A snapshot study of consecutive patients presenting to hospitals in(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare health service cost and length of stay between a traditional and an accelerated diagnostic approach to assess acute coronary syndromes (ACS) among patients who presented to the emergency department (ED) of a large tertiary hospital in Australia. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS This historically controlled study analysed data(More)
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