Strategy for Building a Successful Coronary CT Angiography Program in the Emergency Department

Christopher D. Maroules, Ricardo C. Cury, Brian B. Ghoshhajra, Udo Hoffmann, Harold I. Litt, Ron Blankstein, Suhny Abbara

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Abstract

Coronary CT angiography (cCTA) is a rapid, accurate, safe, and efficient technique for evaluating acute chest pain in patients with low-intermediate pretest probability of coronary artery disease. In this review, we outline a strategy for building and maintaining a successful cCTA program in the emergency department. We define success as the ability for a program to improve patient outcomes and yield cost savings for a health care organization. Establishing a successful program can be achieved by organizing a multidisciplinary task force, developing a shared vision, utilizing established guidelines, developing standardized workflow and chest pain management pathways, launching an effective educational campaign, and implementing a quality assurance program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Cardiovascular Imaging Reports
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Acute chest pain
  • Cardiac computed tomography
  • Coronary CT angiography
  • Emergency department

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Histology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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