Research boost for faster heart assessments

16:00, Nov 23 2012

A Christchurch-led study investigating how to fast-track assessments of potential heart-attack patients has been given a funding boost.

The project, led by Christchurch Hospital emergency physician Dr Martin Than, is seeking ways to help reduce hospital overcrowding and the amount of time patients spend in hospital.

The Health Research Council has awarded $713,273 to the project to allow Than to conduct a follow-up study to allow emergency departments to assess patients with chest pain faster. About $1 million had already been spent on an initial study into a fast-track assessment that would allow emergency departments to assess patients with chest pain faster.

The new research, starting within a month, would involve more than 500 people arriving at Christchurch's emergency department with chest pains. Some would be given a series of blood tests, while others would receive the normal tests and treatment.

Than said he would not have been awarded the extra funding without the support of other hospital staff and the Canterbury District Health Board.

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