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Canadian Journal of Cardiology

Improving Coronary Intensive Care Unit Performance on Meeting Canadian Quality Indicators on Acute Coronary Syndrome and Congestive Heart Failure

      There is a large practice gap between optimal and actual patterns of patient care, partially due to delay and incomplete incorporation of newly discovered practices. In an effort to improve the translation of knowledge specific to cardiac patients in Canada, set of quality indicators were developed specific to Acute Coronary Syndrome(ACS) and congestive heart failure(CHF). While quality indicators are important targets, there is a lack of experience in actual application of the indicators in real-life practice. Our objective was to develop a reliable, rapid and standardized measurement tool specific to practice in Coronary Intensive Care Unit (CICU), in order to identify care gaps. Furthermore, we developed and evaluated strategies to improve care where gaps were identified.
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